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Pierce,  Peirce,  Pearce,  Forbes,  Forbush,  Gibsott,  and  Harwood  Genealogies, 
and  Histories  of  Grafton  and  Barre,  Mass. 


PRESS  OF  W.  B.  CONKEY  COMPANY.  341  Dearborn  Street, 





My   Great-Grandmother, 
This  volume 














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[written  for  fred'k  c.  pierce.] 

FROM  a  little  English  hamlet 
From  Whitney-on-the-Wye, 
Where  the  hawthornes  bud  and  blossom 
Underneath  an  English  sky, 
Came  a  stalwart,  sturdy  Whitney 

Four  long  centuries  ago, 
Like  the  hawthorne  spread  and  blossomed 
In  the  sunshine  and  the  snow. 

All  about  him  grew  the  forests 

Trees  of  maples  and  of  oak, 
And  the  pine  trees  bent  to  listen 

To  the  words  the  river  spoke; 
While  the  war  whoops  of  the  red  men 

Rent  the  silence  far  and  near 
In  the  wilds  of  Massachusetts 

But  the  settler  knew  no  fear. 

Grew  a  family  up  around  him 

As  the  swift  years  drifted  by. 
While  about  his  old  log  cabin 

Fell  God's  blessings  from  the  sky; 
And  the  family  name  took  root  there, 

Spread  its  branches  far  and  wide. 
Till  they  reached  from  York  to  Frisco 

Sunrise  gate  to  evening  tide. 

Some  there  were  that  for  the  Union 

Wore  the  tattered  army  blue. 
Some  the  grey,  and  then  forgot  it 

When  the  old  became  the  new; 
One  the  cotton  gin  invented 

'Twas  his  own  peculiar  plan, 
And  where'er  you  find  a  Whitney 

You  will  find  an  honest  man. 

Richard  L.  Carey. 

Table  of  Contents. 

-X + 


Author's  Preface .• . . .  9 

The  First  Whitney 11 

Origin  of  the  Name  and  Family , 11 

Valley  of  the  Wye 14 

Visit  to  Whitney-on-the-Wye 14 

John  Whitney,  Puritan  Emigrant 16 

Other  Whitneys  in  New  England 18 

The  Family  in  America 19 

What  Henry  Austin  Whitney  Says 21 

Whitney  Genealogy 22 

List  of  Illustrations. 


Frederick  C.  Pierce Frontispiece 

Jonathan  Sawyer 96 

Hon.  Chas.  H.  Sawyer 99 

Rev.  Peter  Whitney 162 

Hon.  Horatio  L.  Wait 175 

Henry  Melville 183 

Oliver  Whitney 199 

George  M.  Wrig  ht 223 

Samuel  E.  Whitney 240 

J.  Whitney  Farlin  . . .-. 248 

Dariiel  Whitney 249 

Eli  Whitney 255 

Oliver  D.  Barrett 260 

■Mrs.  Elizabeth  Fairchild 261 

Hon.  Wm.  Whi  tney  Rice 268 

Hon.  Wm.  Whitney  Godding 269 

Hon.  Henry  M.  Whitney 277 

Mrs.  Abbie  W  hitney  Brown 296 

Wm.  M.  Whitney 829 

Lyman  M'unger 336 

Mrs.  LyTnan  Munger 336 

Dr.  Elijah  Whitney 341 

Adel  aine  Button  Train  Whitney 348 

Dr.  Chas.  W.  Whitney 351 

poel  Whitney 361 

Otis  Whitney 368 

Chas.  O.  Whitney 378 

Lewis  L.  Whitney 388 

Mrs.  Mary  E.  Hoadley 401 

Col.  Joel  Whitney 415 

Col.  Loren  H.  Whitney 423 

Anna  H.  Whitney 427 

Clarence  J.  Whitney 430 

May  L.  Whitney.. 480 

Luther  Whitney 431 

Wm.  B.  Whitney 432 

Eli  Whitney 438 

Geo.  Jay  Whitney 450 

Baxter  D.  Whitney 454 

Walter  Whitney 462 

Frederic  E.  Whitney 463 

Mrs.  Frederic  E.  Whitney 463 

Frank  C.  Whitney 464 

Dr.  Leland  H.  Poor 468 

Mary  W.  Whitney 471 


Capt.  Edmund  C.  Whitney 472 

Geo.  C.  Whitney 476 

Alvin  Whitney 479 

Paschal  W.  Turney 482 

John  M.Whitney 484 

Prof.  Wm.  D.  Whitney 486 

Hon.  Edward  B.  Whitney 491 

Erastus  H.  Whitney 492 

Dr.  Eugene  W.  Whitney 493 

Hon.  Geo.  H.  Whitney 496 

Edgar  H.  Whitney 499 

Col.  Geo.  Whitney 502 

Wm.  C.Whitney 508 

Geo.  W.Whitney 508 

Gen.  James  S.  Whitney 515 

Hiram  Whitney 526 

Samuel  Austin  Whitney 534 

Rev.  Leonard  Whitney 535 

Otis  Whitney 536 

Imri  S.Whitney 539 

Chas.  P.  Whitney 541 

Hon.  Chas.  W.  Whitney 543 

Arthur  E.  Whitney 549 

Amos  Whitney 550 

Franklin  Whitney 577 

Camilla  M.  Whitney 577 

Drake  Whitney 588 

Benjamin  R.  Whitney : . .   589 

Eli  Whitney,  Jr 598 

Dr.  John  M.  Whitney 600 

Geo.  M.  Whitney 605 

Harvey  A.  Whitney 605 

Jas.  W.  Whitney 606 

David  R.  Whitney 609 

W^ilbur  F.  Whitney 611 

Everett  E.Whitney 619 

Duane  P.  Whitney 622 

Prof.  Nelson  O.  Whitney 624 

Prof.  Harry  E.  Whitney 625 

Henry  M.Whitney 630 

Hon.  William  C.  Whitney 635 

Rev.  Mary  T.  Whitney 640 

Harwood  O.  Whitney 648 

Rev.  E.  W.  Whitney 650 

Orson  F.  Whitney 660 


As  a  descendant  of  the  Whitney  family  on  both  my  jjaternal  and  maternal  sides, 
I  take  pleasure  in  presenting  to  the  numerous  members  of  the  family  in  this 
country,  this  volume,  the  work  of  several  years  of  extensive  correspondence 
and  compilation.  Having  had  considerable  experience  in  works  of  a  similar  charac- 
ter, and  being  of  a  genealogical  turn  of  mind,  the  work  has  been  one  of  pleasure.  It 
is  extremely  doubtful  if  many  other  families  in  America  can  boast  of  such  a  large 
number  of  descendants,  from  one  emigrant,  as  this  one.  Other  persons  have  tried 
to  compile  the  genealogy  of  the  descendants  of  John  Whitney  of  Watertown,  Mass., 
1635,  but  not  until  now  has  it  been  done  in  such  an  extensive  and  thorough  manner. 
The  works  of  Henry  Austin  Whitney  of  Boston,  Rev.  Frederick  Whitney  of  Brighton, 
Dr.  Henry  Bond  of  Watertown,  and  William  Lebbeus  Whitney  of  Pottsville,  Pa.,  are 
•well  known,  but  in  these  no  attempt  was  made  at  a  complete  pedigree.  In  a  few 
instances  replies  have  not  been  received  from  blanks  sent  out,  and  this  is  my  excuse 
for  not  having  a  full  record  of  these  branches.  The  matter  has  been  arranged  in  the 
style  adopted  by  the  New  England  Historic-Genealogical  Society  in  the  publication 
of  their  Register.  The  arrangement  is  unquestionably  the  simplest,  and  is  therefore 
the  most  comprehensive. 

A  number  of  abbreviations  will  be  found  in  the  book,  of  which  the  following  are 
explanations:  ae.,  aged;  abt.,  about;  dau.,  daughter;  dec'd,  deceased;  res.,  resided, 
resides,  or  residence;  w.,  wife;  wid.,  widow  or  widower;  yr.,  year;  n.  f.  k.,  nothing 
further  known ;  s.  p.,  sine  prole  (wjthout  issue).  There  are  a  number  of  other  abbrevi- 
ations of  such  common  use  that  tne  meaning  will  be  obvious.  A  name  in  parentheses 
thus,  Anna  Whitney,  daughter  of  Nathaniel  and  Mary  (Pierce)  Whitney,  indicates  the 
maiden  name  of  the  mother.  An  interrogation  mark  implies  doubt  or  want  of  abso- 
lute certaintv.  The  birthplaces  of  the  children  are  not  always  given,  but  they  can  be 
ascertained  by  reference  to  the  residence  of  the  parents,  which  is  given  in  all  cases. 

In  the  earlier  records  of  New  England  quite  often  the  date  of  the  year  appears 
1752-3,  that  is  two  dates.  In  computing  time,  the  solar  year  is  reckoned  265X  days, 
but  this  is  too  much  by  eleven  minutes  and  a  fraction.  If  this  excess  be  neglected,  in 
the  course  of  centuries  the  1st  of  January  would  fall  back  toward  midsummer.  In 
1582,  the  time  of  Pope  Gregory  XIII.,  it  was  found  that  the  vernal  equinox,  which  in 
A.  D.  325  happened  on  the  21st  of  March,  actuallv  occurred  on  the  10th  of  March. 
For  the  puroose  of  rectifying  the  calendar,  the  pope  ordered  that  ten  days  be 
<3ropped  for  that  year.  This  was  called  "  New  Style,"  and  the  former  calendar,  "  Old 
Style."  The  new  calendar  was  soon  adopted  by  all  Catholic  countries,  but  in  Eng- 
land and  her  colonies  it  was  disregarded  till  1752,  when  the  error  of  the  old  calendar 
amounted  to  eleven  days,  and  by  an  Act  of  Parliament  they  were  dropped  from  Sep- 
tember of  that  year.  If  the  year  began  the  1st  of  January,  the  date  would  be  Febru- 
ary 9,  1684;  if  the  year  began  the  1st  of  January,  the  date  would  be  February  9,  1685, 
and  changed  to  New  Style  by  addition  of  eleven  days,  would  be  February  16,  1685. 

It  is  singular  how  the  different  names  have  been  obtained.  In  the  name  of 
Shakespeare's  birthplace  we  have  a  memento  of  three  different  eras  of  English  his- 
tory, viz.,  the  periods  of  the  occupancy  by  the  old  Britons,  the  Romans,  and  the 
Saxons.  Strat  is  an  abbreviation  of  strata  (street),  the  name  by  which  the  great 
Roman  roads  were  known.  Ford  tells  us  that  one  of  these  roads  crossed  a  stream, 
and  Avon  is  the  name  which  the  old  Britons,  or  Celts,  gave  to  the  streams.  The  word 
lea,  leah,  or  leigh,  signifying  a  partially  wooded  field,  served  as  the  ending  for  many 
surnames,  such  as  Horsley,  Cowley,  Ashley,  Oakley,  Lindley,  and  Berkley  or  Birch- 
ley.  Hay,  or  haw,  means  a  hedge,  and  this  has  given  us  Hayes,  Haynes,  Haley,  Hay- 
wood, Hawes,  Haworth,  Hawthorn,  Haughton  or  Houghton.  Occupations,  too,  have 
afforded  an  endless  array  of  surnames.  This  method  was  used  by  the  Romans  in 
such  names  as  Fabricus  (smith),  Pictor  (painter),  Agricola  (farmer).  In  England  a 
skillful  hunter  would  adopt  that  as  his  surname,  and  equally  so  with  the  carpenter, 
joiner,  sawyer,  baker,  or  butcher.     Personal  traits,  and  complexion,  too,  gave  rise  to 


surnames.  From  the  former  we  have  the  names  Stout,  Strong,  Long,  Longman, 
Longfellow;  and  from  the  latter,  Brown,  Black,  etc.  Some  mental  and  moral  traits 
were  also  used  to  denote  surnames.  Richard  the  First,  of  England,  was  better  known 
as  Richard  of  the  Lion  Heart.  The  next  step  would  be  to  derive  from  this  quality 
the  surname  Lion.  A  most  remarkable  fact  is  the  changes  in  names,  and  the  follow- 
ing is  given  as  an  example  of  the  changes  in  one  name:  "Next,  he  showed  me,  by 
the  aid  of  a  few  family  documents  in  his  possession,  that  the  original  name  of  his 
ancestors  had  been  Meredith,  or,  to  write  it  Welsh  fashion,  Maredydd.  Now,  in 
Wales,  the  accent  is  always  thrown  on  the  last  syllable  but  one — the  penultimate,  as 
we  say,  in  Latin  prosody.  So  Meredith  is  pronounced  much  as  though  it  rhymed 
with  '  weddeth.'  A  couple  of  hundred  years  ago,  one  of  these  Welsh  Merediths  set- 
tled in  Staffordshire,  England;  but,  as  he  kept  close,  apparently,  to  the  original  pro- 
nunciation of  his  name,  it  was  Anglicized  by  his  neighbors,  not  into  the  usual 
Meredith  (which  is  formed  on  the  regular  English  rule  of  throwing  the  accent  back- 
ward), but  into  Meready.  Careless  utterance  soon  corrupted  that  sound  to  M'ready, 
and  finally  to  Ready.  The  four  stages — Maredydd,  Meredith,  Meready,  and  Ready 
— were  all  to  be  found  consecutively  in  my  friend's  documents  in  the  name  "  Ready." 

My  thanks  are  especially  due  to  Mrs.  Silas  A.  Pierce,  Grafton,  Mass.;  Miss  Lou 
M.  Pierce,  Worcester,  Mass.;  Mrs.  Louise  R.  Rogers,  Worcester,  Mass.;  F.  L.  Ora,  of 
Chicago;  Frances  J.  Whitney,  Lebanon,  111.;  Luthera  Whitney,  Springfield,  Vt.;  Hon. 
William  W.  Rice,  Worcester,  Mass.;  Henry  W.  Melville,  New  York  City;  H.  W. 
Bryant,  secretary  Maine  Historical  Society,  Portland,  Me.;  Frank  B.  Gay,  secretary 
Connecticut  Historical  Society,  Hartford,  Conn.,  and  many  others  who  have  aided 
me  very  materially  in  the  work. 

I  trust  the  members  of  the  family  will  take  as  much  pleasure  in  perusing  the 
following  pages  as  I  have  in  compiling  them,  is  the  sincere  wish  of 

Yours  very  truly, 

Frederick  C.  Pierce. 

Chicago,  III.,  July  30, 1895. 


EUSTACE  DE  WHITNEY  was  of  Flemish  descent.  Of  his  mother,  Agnes,  it  is 
recorded  in  Doomsday  Book,  "Agnes  relicta  Turstini  Flandrensis,  et  Eusta- 
cius  Miles  filius  ejus,  Dominus  de  Whitney,  dederunt  ecclesiae  Sancti  Petri, 
Glocest;  unam  hidam  terras  in  Pencomb,  etc.  [Agnes,  widow  of  Turstin  the  Flem- 
ing, and  Sir  Eustace,  her  son.  Lord  of  Whitney,  gave  to  the  church  of  St.  Peter,  at 
Gloucester,  one  hide  [120  acres]  of  land  in  Pencomb,  etc.]  Some  of  the  early  Lords 
of  Whitney  were  of  Welsh  descent,  one  of  whom.  Sir  Peidge  Exrog,  was  a  Knight  of 
the  Round  Table  and  "to  King  Arthyr's  time  he  lived  at  his  castle  at  Cardmore  at 


WHITNEY,  as  a  surname,  owes  its  origin  to  the  ancient,  but  obscure  parish 
of  Whitney,  on  the  western  confines  ot  Herefordshire,  near  the  border 
of  Wales.  This  is  not  to  be  confounded  with  Witney  in  Oxfordshire,  so 
famous  for  its  manufacture  of  woolen  goods.  But,  possibly,  both  names  are  the  same 
in  meaning,  and  have  not  always  been  differently  spelled. 

Witney  appears  in  ancient  records  as  Wittney,  Witenie,  Witeney,  Witteneye, 
Wytney,  Wyttneye,  Wyteney,  Wytteneye,  Whiteneye,  Whitteneye,  Whitney;  and 
Whitney  we  find  also  written  Whiteney,  Whyteneye,  Witenie,  etc.  It  lies  in  the 
valley  of  the  river  Wye,  which  is  here,  a  mountain  torrent,  subject  to  sudden  and 
destructive  freshets.  This  circumstance  aftords  a  probable  explanation  of  its  name 
Whitney,  being  perhaps  derived  from  the  Anglo-Saxon  words  hwit-white,  ey-water, 
and  so  literally  meaning  white  water.  Other  examples  in  Herefordshire  are  (seen  in 
notes  and  queries, -Sth  series,  volume  6,  page  119)  Whit-bourn,  the  white  brook,  Whit- 
church, the  white  cyrc  (church),  and  Whit-ton,  the  white  town,  the  last  of  which  occurs 
in  six  other  places  in  England.  But  more  ambitious  etymologies  of  the  name  are  not 

The  Rev.  Dr.  Giles,  in  his  history  of  Witney  and  the  neighboring  parishes  in 
Oxfordshire,  says:  "But  if  Witney  received  any  fresh  peculiarity  of  character  from 
the  Saxons,  it  certainly  takes  its  name  from  the  occupation  of  that  busy  and  plod- 
ding race  of  men."  The  Witan-eye,  or,  as  it  is  also  written  in  Anglo-Saxon,  or  Old 
English  dialect,  Witan-ige,  evidently  signifies  "  The  Island  of  the  Wise  Men  or  of  the 
Parliament."  By  parliament  in  this  connection  should  be  understood  merely  an 
assemblage  of  the  witan  or  wise  men  of  the  folc  or  shire,  and  not  a  great  national 
council  of  the  Anglo-Saxons  or  Witena-gemote  (in  which  wiLena  is  the  genitive  of 
witan),  as  it  was  termed.  Thus  the  word  Witney  means,  etymologically,  parliament 
island,  though  no  record  has  been  handed  down  to  us  to  tell  for  what  reason  such  a 
name  was  given.  There  is  a  large  house  still  named  Parliament  House  at  the  corner 
of  the  Crofts  Lane,  which  to  the  minds  of  some  conveys  a  tradition  concerning  the 
etymology  of  the  name  Witney. 

Dr.  Thomas  Wright,  the  eminent  Anglo-Saxon  scholar,  made  other  suggestions 
in  a  letter  addressed  to  Mr.  Henry  Austin  Whitney,  February  1,  1860:  "I  think  Dr. 
Giles'  derivation  of  Witney  in  Oxfordshire  a  very  probable  one.  Some  meeting  of 
the  Whitan  or  leading  men  ot  the  district  had  probably  been  held  there  and  the 
island  had  been  named  from  it  like  what  is  now  called  Magna  Charta  Island  in  the 
Thames.  But  the  great  difficulty  in  fixing  the  derivation  and  meaning  of  these  local 
names  arises  from  the  circumstance  that  the  name  is  in  the  majority  of  the  cases 
derived  from  that  of  a  Saxon  possessor  of  the  land.  I  should  think  Whitney  is  not 
the  same  thing  as  Witney.  It  has  either  something  to  do  with  white,  or  it  perhaps 
contains  a  man's  name,  as  Hwitenes-ege,  the  island  belonging  to  Heitene." 

There  is  certainly  no  improbability  in  supposing  that  ige  or  ege,  signifying 
island,  was  the  termination  of  a  Herefordshire  Whitney,  situated,  as  it  is,  on  the 


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river  Wye,  and  at  times  overflowed  by  it;  indeed,  the  old  church  and  rectory  were 
entirely  washed  away  by  mountain  torrents  in  1730. 

There  seems  to  be  no  record  of  Whitney  in  Herefordshire  prior  to  the  Dooms- 
day Book.  This  work  was  compiled  between  the  years  1081  and  1087  by  order  of 
William  the  Conqueror,  and  contains  the  general  survey  of  all  the  lands  in  the  king- 
dom, their  extent  in  each  district,  their  proper  tenures,  value,  the  quantity  of 
meadow,  pasture,  wood  and  arable  land  which  they  contained,  and  in  some  countries 
the  number  of  tenants,  cottages  and  slaves  of  all  denominations  who  lived  upon  them. 
This  book  places  it  in  the  hundred  of  Elsedune,  and  spells  the  name  Witenie.  In 
the  general  distribution  of  land  among  the  followers  of  The  Conqueror,  it  fell  to 
the  lot  of  Turstin  the  Fleming  (Turstinus  Flandrensis),  the  son  of  Rolf,  who,  besides 
his  possessions  in  Herefordshire,  held  lands  in  Hampshire,  Dorsetshire,  Berkshire, 
Somersetshire,  Devonshire,  Gloucestershire,  Buckinghamshire  and  Wiltshire.  Noth- 
ing further  is  known  of  him  except  that  his  wife  was  named  Agnes,  and  that  his  son. 
Sir  Eustace  (Eustacius  Miles)  was  called  from  Herefordshire — hamlet.  Lord  of 
Whitney,  and  so  founded  the  family  of  DeWhitney.  The  particle  was  gradually 
dropped  from  the  name,  in  some  cases,  as  early  as  the  twelfth  century,  and  it  has 
long  since  entirely  disappeared. 

The  parish  church  of  Whitney  is  about  four  miles  from  The  Hay,  in  Beacon, 
Wales,  and  seventeen  miles  from  Hereford.  The  parish  contains  nearly  1,500  acres, 
the  chief  owners  being  Tompkyns  Dew,  Esq.,  and  the  Rev.  Spenser  Phillips.  In  old 
times  it  was  a  portion  of  the  long  stretching  debatable  ground  within  which  were  141 
little  lord  ships,  often  at  war  with  each  other,  and  amenable  only  to  their  several 
feudal  chiefs.  It  was  not  included  in  any  of  the  three  adjoining  countries  until 
1535;  by  act  of  parliament  for  the  incorporation  of  England  and  Wales,  Hunting- 
ton, Clifford,  Winforton,  Eardesley,  and  Whitney  were  united  into  the  hundred  of 
Huntington.  The  castle  of  Whitney,  the  family  stronghold,  stood  on  the  north  bank 
of  the  \Vye,  and  is  now  represented  by  a  group  of  mounds  and  also  by  Whitney 
court,  the  residence  of  the  present  proprietor. 

Agnes,  widow  of  Turstin,  had  also  estates  in  the  parish  of  Pencombe,  in  the  same 
county,  one  hide  (about  120  English  acres)  of  which  she  and  her  son.  Sir  Eustace  de 
Whitney,  bestowed  upon  the  Church  of  St.  Peter,  at  Gloucester,  free  from  all  tax,  in 
the  time  of  the  Abbet  Reginald. 

In  the  reign  of  Henry  III.,  1216-1272,  Pencombe  was  stated  to  consist  of  15  hides 
of  land,  one  moiety  of  which  was  held  by  John  de  Whytene  and  Robert  Tregoz,  and 
the  other  moiety  by  Thomas  de  Henegan  and  Robert  de  Whytene  by  military 
service,  and  both  of  the  honor  of  Ewias. 

In  the  earlier  times  when  Bohuns  Mortimers  and  bishops  of  Hereford  convulsed 
the  whole  country  and  overshadowed  even  the  royal  authority,  little  trace  of  the 
Whitneys  appeared  upon  record;  yet,  in  A.  D.  1306,  a  Eustacius  de  Whyteneye  was 
knighted  at  the  same  time  with  a  Corbet,  a  Lacy,  and  a  Marnyon,  and  previous  to 
that  the  same  Eustacius,  in  1277-1280,  acted  as  patron  of  the  living  of  Pencombe, 
and  in  the  latter  year  presented  a  Roger  de  Whitney.  In  1342  W.  D.  de  Wite- 
nie was  the  incumbent;  in  1353  Baldwin  de  Whitney,  and  after  1378  Eustacius 

Among  the  patrons  of  this  living,  at  various  times  from  1353  to  1590,  were: 
Robert  de  Whitney,  1355;  Baldwin  de  V\  hitney,  1357;  Robert  Whitney,  knight,  1419-28; 
Robert  Whitney,  1539;  then  the  Crown  during  the  minority  of  a  Robert  Whitney, 
and  again  in  1567  a  Robert  Whitney,  knight,  and  lastly  James  Whitney,  knight,  in 
1590.     In  1593  John  Whitney  was  a  portionary  or  prebend  in  Broxash  hundred. 

The  name  of  Robertus  Whitney,  Chevalier  Cortland  was  returned  in  the  list  of 
gentry,  etc.,  in  this  countrv,  made  by  commissioners  in  1434  (1-2)  Henry  \l. 

In  the  offices  of  sherifts  of  their  county,  knights  of  the  shire  in  parliament  and 
justices  in  the  commission  of  the  peace  of  the  name  Whitney  may  be  traced  in 
Herefordshire  from  Henry  V.,  1413,  to  George  III.,  1799.  Thus  of  sheriffs  of  Here- 
fordshire have  been:  Robert  Whitney,  1377-78;  Robert  Whitney,  1413-14;  Robert 
Whitney,  knight,  1427-28;  Robert  Whitnev,  knight,  1432-33;  Robert  Whitney, 
1436-37;  Robert  Whitney,  1475-76;  James  Whitney,  knight,  1585-86;  Eustace  Whit- 
ney, 1595-96;  Robert  Whitney,  knight,  1638-39. 

Among  the  knights  of  the  shire  in  parliament  we  find:  Eustace  de  Whitney, 
1312-13;  Eustace  de  Whitteney,  1351-52;  Robert  Whitteney,  1377;  Robert  de  Whit- 
teney,  1378-79;  Robert  de  Whitney,  knight,  1379-80;  Robert  Whitteney,  1395-96; 
Robert  Whitteney,  knight,  1417-18;  Eustace  Whitney,  1467-68;  Robert  Whitney, 
knight,  1558-59. 

The  Robert  Whitney  of  the  parliament  of  First  Elizabeth,  1558-59,  received  the 



honoraftiwde  -r  of  knighthood  in  the  time  of  the  reign  of  Queen  Mary,  and  his  crest, 
we  are  ififnre<V  d,  was  the  head  of  an  ox.  Another  Sir  Robert  Whitney  with  the  same 
crest  is  recorded  to  have  been  "dubbed  at  Wynesort"  after  1656,  and  before  1570. 
Green  records  the  circumstance  that  Sir  James  Whitney,  knight,  who,  in  1574,  was  a 
member  of  parliament,  was  suitor  for  the  hand  of  Barbara,  Countess  of  Leicester,  in 

The  following  legend  explanatory  of  the  Whitney  crest  is  given:  Sir  Randolph 
de  Whitney,  the  grandson  of  Eustace  (founder  of  the  name),  accompanied  Richard 
Cceur  de  h\on  to  the  Crusades  and  distinguished  himself  greatly  by  his  personal 
strength  and  great  courage.  On  one  occasion  he  was  sent  by  Richard  on  a  mission 
to  the  French  commander,  and  as  he  was  leaving  the  British  camp  the  brother  of 
Saladin  (who  he  had  twice  before  defeated)  followed  him,  and  with  two  Saracens  in 
his  company,  and  riding  around  a  small  hill,  suddenly  made  a  furious  attack  upon 
Eustace,  knight.  •  De  Whitney  defended  himself  with  the  greatest  vigor,  but  his 
assailants  were  gaining  upon  him  when  a  furious  Spanish  bull,  which  was  feeding 
near  the  scene  of  conflict,  was  attracted  by  the  red  dress  of  the  two  Saracens,  and 
made  so  furious  an  attack  upon  them  that  they  were  diverted  from  their  intended 
prey,  and  sought  safety  in  flight.  Sir  Randolph  soon  succeeded  in  wounding  his 
single  assailant,  whom  he  left  for  dead,  and  then  overtaking  the  two  Saracens  he 
dispatched  them  and  proceeded  upon  the  mission  of  the  king.  According  to  the 
superstitions  of  that  time,  Sir  Randolph  attributed  the  event  to  the  especial  interpo- 
sition of  the  Virgin,  a  medal  of  whom,  consecrated  by  the  pope,  he  had  continually 
worn  on  his  breast.  On  his  return  to  England  he  erected  a  chapel  to  the  \'irgm, 
which  was  called  Our  Lady  of  Palestine  Oratory,  the  walls  of  which  remain  to  this 
day,  adjoining  the  grounds  of  the  ancient  family  mansion  of  Whitney  on  the  Wve. 

As  a  matter  of  course,  the  name  Whitney  occurs  in  the  lists  of  gentlemen  in  the 
commission  of  peace  of  Herefordshire,  as  temp.  Elizabeth,  Eustace  Whitney.  About 
1678,  Thomas  Whitney,  of  Whitney;  in  1799,  James  Whitney  of  Norton  Canon, 
related  to  the  Whitney  family  of  Whitney  court. 

Probably  to  the  same  family  is  to  be  assigned  John  Whitney,  the  author  of  a 
very  rare  book,  entitled  "Genteel  Recreation;  or,  the  Pleasure  of  Angling,"  a  poem, 
with  the  dialogue  between  Piscator  and  Corydon,  1700.  There  was  a  Rev.  George 
Whitney  instituted  in  1807  to  the  rectory  of  Stretford,  Herefordshire,  who  died  in 
1836.  I  have  read  somewhere,  says  Mr.  Green,  that  a  Captain  Whitney  was  a  com- 
panion of  Sir  Walter  Raleigh,  and  of  the  name  a  lieutenant  fought  at  Worcester  on 
the  Royalists'  side.  Sir  Robert  Whitney,  knt.  of  King  James'  "and  Charles'  reign, 
had  four  sons,  who  all  died  without  issue,  and  four  daughters,  to  whom  the  estate 
descended.  They  all  married  and  enjoyed  shares  in  the  property.  Robert  Rodd, 
the  only  son  of  Thomas  Rodd,  married  Hannah  Whitney,  one  of  the  four  daughters, 
and  conveyed  her  share  to  Robert  Price  of  Foxley,  by  whom  it  was  sold  to  William 
Wardour.  The  latter  acquired  the  rest  of  the  estate  and  built  the  present  Whitney 
Court,  and  also  in  1740,  Whitney  church,  to  replace  the  one  swept  away  ten  vears 
before  by  a  flood  on  the  Wye,  a  calamity  which  involved  the  destruction  of  all  the  old 
family  monuments  but  one,  that  to  the  memory  of  Williams  of  Cabalva,  in  the  neigh- 
borhood, who  married  into  the  Whitney  family.  Mrs.  Bourne  held  the  property  from 
William  Wardour,  and  left  it  to  her  grandson,  the  grandfather  of  the  present  owner, 
Tompkyns  Dew,  Esq.,  and  of  his  brother,  the  Rev.  Henry  Dew,  rector  of  the  parish. 

The  present  representative  of  the  Herefordshire  Whitneys  is  Thomas  Whitney, 
Esq.,  of  Bath.  The  Whitneys  were  also  established  at  a  very  early  date  at  Cheshire, 
and  had  a  seat  at  the  Coole  Pilate,  a  township  in  the  widespread  parish  of  Acton, 
near  Nantwich,  almost  as  soon  as  those  of  Herefordshire  were  settled  upon  the 
Welsh  border.  The  manor  of  Coole  Pilate  was  anciently  parcel  of  the  barony  of 
Wich  Malbank,  is  now  the  property  of  Kilmorey.  In  this  township  were  two  halls 
with  considerable  estates  annexed,  one  of  which  belonged  to  the  Whitneys,  who 
became  possessed  of  it  in  the  reign  of  Richard  II.,  1377-99,  and  had  a  seat  there  for 
many  generations.  This  estate  was  purchased  in  1744  of  Hugh  Whitney,  by  whose 
death  the  family  is  supposed  to  have  become  extinct.  The  purchaser  was  John 
Darlington,  whose  daughter  brought  it  in  marriage  to  Henry  Tomkinson,  Esq.,  of 
Dorfold,  the  present  proprietor.  The  hall  is  occupied  by  a  farmer.  Toward  the  end 
of  the  last  century,  Air.  Silas  Whitney,  also  a  poet  or  writer  of  verse,  from  the  neigh- 
borhood of  Nantwich,  carried  on  business  in  Knutsford  as  a  cotton  manufacturer. 
He  was  reputed  to  be  descended  from  the  Whitneys  of  Coole  Pilate,  and  a  relative 
of  the  celebrated  Josiah  Wedgwood.  When  political  feeling  ran  high  and  fierce 
about  the  first  French  Revolution,  he  is  said  to  have  emigrated  to  the  United  States, 
where,  however,  no  trace  of  him  has  been  found. 



IT  is  the  scenery  on  the  banks  of  the  Wye  which  has  gained  for  it  the  name  of  the 
most  beautiful  river  in  England.  Turbid  and  hurried  in  itself,  it  runs  through 
some  of  the  most  lovely  landscape  in  England.  The  views  are  of  the  most 
beautiful  description  of  perspective,  arising  from  the  mazy  course  of  the  stream 
and  the  loftiness  of  its  banks.  A  tiny  steamer  now  and  then  forges  up  the  river 
against  the  fierce  current,  or  readily  floats  down  on  the  top  of  it;  but  the  Wye 
may  best  be  judged  from  its  banks;  and  as  the  Wye  Valley  Railway  carries  the 
tourist  from  one  end  of  the  valley  to  the  other,  the  more  practicable  plan  is  to  take 
the  train  from  point  to  point  up  the  valley,  the  beauties  of  which  occupy  —  speaking 
within  bounds  —  a  fair  hundred  miles.  It  is  the  extent  of  the  sylvan  and  other 
beauties  of  the  Wye  which  have  made  it  so  perfectly  celebrated.  From  its  source, 
near  the  summit  of  Plinlimmon,  to  its  union  with  the  lordly  Severn,  the  Wye  is 
continuously  beautiful.  In  the  midst  of  the  Welsh  hills  it  is  exceedingly  wild  and 
rugged;  but  no  sooner  does  it  reach  the  vales  of  Herefordshire  than  it  becomes 
singularly  smooth  and  placid,  and  thence  flows  through  Monmouthshire  until  it 
loses  itself  in  the  Severn. 

At  Ross  are  to  be  found,  in  the  parish  church,  the  celebrated  elms  which  sprang 
up  through  the  floor  of  the  pew  once  occupied  by  John  Kyrle,  Pope's  celebrated 
"  Man  of  Ross."  Near  Chepstow  is  the  celebrated  stretch  of  private  property  called 
Piercefield,  which  possesses  three  miles  of  paths  winding  along  the  edges  of  the 
cliffs  above  the  Wye.  From  the  summit  of  the  Wyncliff,  which  is  seven  to  eight 
hundred  feet  above  high  water,  the  observer  may  see  portions  of  seven  English  and 
two  Welsh  counties,  and  the  river  at  this  point  winds  through  the  landscape  like 
a  carelessly  thrown  river  of  silver. 



IN  the  month  of  June,  1892,  I  took  the  train  accompanied  by  my  wife,  from  Here- 
ford to  the  parish  of  Whitney-on-the-Wye,  seventeen  miles  distant,  to  see  if  per- 
chance I  could  learn  anything  there  of  our  ancestors. 

There  are  none  there  now  bearing  the  name  of  Whitney,  but  there  are 
the  manors  of  Whitney  and  of  Clifford  formerly  owned  by  the  Whitney  family  and 
not  yet  wholly  alienated. 

Whitney  is  a  section  of  beautiful  country  with  an  old  stone  church,  stone  cot- 
tage for  the  rector,  and  a  somewhat  modern  manor  house.  We  could  get  no  pub- 
lic carriage  for  our  conveyance. 

We  found  thai  we  had  an  hour  and  a  half  before  the  departure  of  the  next  train 
for  London,  and  we  resolved  to  make  the  most  of  that  time,  with  such  directions  as 
we  could  get  from  the  station  master,  who  was  very  accommodating  and  intelligent. 
He  referred  us  to  the  rector.  Rev.  Henry  Dew,  as  a  gentleman  who  would  receive 
us  hospitably  and  furnish  us  all  the  information  that  there  was  to  be  had  on  the  sub- 
ject of  our  inquiries. 

From  the  station  the  outlook  over  the  surrounding  country  embraced  in  the 
manors  of  Whitney  and  Clifford  was  as  lovely  as  anything  we  had  seen  in  England. 
The  Wye  flowed  through  the  valley  a  few  rods  below  the  station  while  the  broad 
fields  and  forests  stretched  away  in  the  distance  toward  the  Welsh  mountains  which 
were  the  principal  features  in  the  landscape. 

The  rectory  was  quarter  or  half  a  mile  distant.  Going  from  the  station  we 
passed  by  the  pretty  little  church.  We  entered  the  churchyard  and  searched  for 
Whitney  memorials.  We  found  none,  because,  as  we  afterward  learned,  some  lime 
in  the  middle  of  the  eighteenth  century  the  Wye,  in  a  freshet,  swept  away  the  old 
castle,  the  old  church  and  the  monuments  and  graves  of  the  Whitneys  from  the  time 
that  they  settled  in  that  place.  The  new  church  contains  many  of  the  old  granite 
stones  which  were  left  from  the  ruins  of  the  old  church.  The  old  font,  hollowed 
from  a  solid  granite  block,  which  was  there  before  the  freshet,  probably  from  the 
original  building  of  the  church  and  in  which  the  Whitney  infants  have  been  baptized 


probably  from  the  eleventh  or  twelfth  century,  was  also  recovered  from  the  ruins  and 
placed  in  the  new  church,  where  it  still  stands. 

I  have  a  photograph  of  that  font  taken  since  I  was  there,  which  I  shall  be  happy 
to  show  to  any  of  the  modern  members  of  the  family. 

Leaving  the  church  we  went  up  a  hill,  through  a  lane  bordered  by  trees,  to  the 
rectory  where  we  were  first  saluted  by  the  vigorous  barking  of  a  small,  black  dog. 
A  young  lady,  whom  we  afterward  ascertained  to  be  a  daughter  of  the  rector,  soon 
made  her  appearance.  She  left  us  to  seek  her  father,  and  he  soon  came  and  took  us 
to  the  garden  in  the  front  of  the  house  where  he  had  been  working  among  his  flowers. 
He  was  a  straight,  dignified  English  clergyman  who,  when  he  learned  who  we 
were  and  what  we  desired,  at  once  gave  us  a  cordial  and  hospitable  welcome.  He 
invited  us  into  the  house,  where  another  daughter.  Miss  Jane,  joined  us.  We  pro- 
longed our  call  there  with  him  and  his  daughter  as  llong  as  we  could  remain.  Out 
of  that  call  sprang  a  most  interesting  correspondence  with  Miss  Dew,  the  daughter, 
from  which  I  have  derived  much  of  the  information  made  use  of  in  the  following 
record.  I  presume  that  I  have  more  than  twenty  letters  from  her,  generally 
very  long  and  full  of  interesting  details.  I  think  she  must  have  spent  a  great  deal 
of  her  time  in  looking  up  ancient  records  to  find  material  for  her  letters  to  me.  I 
shall  always  entertain  sincere  friendship  and  respect  for  the  Rev.  Henry  Dew  and 
his  accomplished  daughter.  Miss  Jane. 

Rev.  Henry  Dew  was  a  brother  of  Sir  Tompkyns  Dew,  the  last  owner  of  the 
estate.  He  was  a  descendant  of  the  Whitneys  through  some  one  of  the  female  mem- 
bers of  the  family  to  whom  the  estate  came  by  failure  of  the  male  line.  Sir  Tomp- 
kyns' little  daughter,  at  the  time  of  our  visit  a  child  about  five  years  old,  represents 
the  broad  acres  of  the  estates  of  Whitney  and  Clifford,  now,  I  regret  to  say,  so  heav- 
ily mortgaged  that  it  seems  quite  possible,  if  not  probable,  that  by  the  foreclosure  of 
the  mortgages  they  will  soon  pass  into  unknown  and  alien  ownership. 

I  believe  that  the  rector's  tenure  of  the  living  can  not  be  terminated  during  his 
life,  but  at  his  death  the  pretty  rectory,  where  he  has  lived  more  than  fifty  years  and 
has  much  beautified,  will  pass  to  strangers  with  the  rest  of  the  estate,  and  thus  the 
last  W^hitney  traces  be  obliterated  from  the  spot  with  which  they  have  been  so  long 

After  the  conquest  the  manor  of  Whitney,  so  called,  was  given  by  William  the 
Conqueror  to  Torstinus,one  of  his  soldiers.  It  was  one  of  nine  tracts  granted  to  this 
same  person  according  to  the  Doomsday  Book,  and  the  one  upon  which  he  settled. 

He  was  a  valiant  fighter,  one  of  the  northern  sea-rovers  who  joined  the  army  of 
William  on  the  expedition  for  the  conquest  of  England.  The  amount  of  bounty 
allotted  him  by  William  shows  that  he  was  a  man  of  position  and  consequence.  He 
was  specially  commissioned  to  guard  the  frontiers  against  the  incursions  of  the 
Welsh,  and  for  this  purpose  had  his  castle  situated  on  the  Wye  and  within  the 
bounds  of  the  present  manor  of  Whitney. 

His  son  Eustacius,  who  inherited  his  property,  assumed  the  name  of  Whitney, 
which  has  been  borne  from  that  date  to  the  present  time. 

The  Whitneys  were  the  chief  men  in  the  vicinity,  sheriffs  of  the  county  and 
Members  of  Parliament.  Several  of  them  lost  their  lives  in  the  wars  at  home  and 
abroad,  to  which  they  were  summoned  by  their  kings. 

A  decree  of  King  Henry  IV.  dated  Feb.  14,  1404,  commences  as  follows: 
■"  The  King  to  all  to  whom,  &c.,  Greeting — 

"Know  ye  that  since  the  father  of  Robert  Whiteney,  Esquire,  and  his  uncle 
and  a  great  part  of  his  relations  have  been  killed  in  our  service  at  the  capture  of 
Edmund  Mortemer,  and  his  property  has  been  burned  and  destroyed  by  our  rebels 
of  Wales,  so  that  the  said  Robert  has  not  any  castle  or  fortress  where  he  can  tarry 
to  resist  and  punish  our  aforesaid  rebels  as  we  accept  (accessimus)  We,  of  our 
special  grace,  have  granted  to  the  said  Robert,  the  Castle  of  Clifford  and  the  lord- 
ships of  Clifford  and  Glasbury,  together  with  all  the  lands,  tenements,"  &c. 

By  this  act  the  lordship  of  Clifford,  on  the  opposite  side  of  the  Wye  and  adja- 
cent to  Whitney,  was  added  to  the  domain  of  the  Whitneys  and  has  so  remained 
until  the  present  day. 

In  the  last  part  of  the  17th  century  Sir  Thomas  Whitney,  lord  of  these  estates, 
died  leaving  his  son,  Sir  Robert  Whitney,  as  his  heir.  Sir  Robert  had  four  sons, 
■who  all  died  without  issue.  He  also  had  four  daughters,  to  whom  his  estate  descended 
upon  his  several  sons  dying  without  issue. 

One  of  these  daughters,  Hannah,  married  Robert  Rodd,  to  whom  and  the  other 
■daughters  the  estates  came,  apparently  by  the  law  of  inheritance.  Through  them 
it  ultimately  came  to  William  Warden,  who  was  the  owner  at  the  time  of  the  freshet. 


by  which  the  church  and  the  castle  were  destroyed.  He  rebuilt  the  church  and  the 
manor  house.     The  ruins  of  the  castle  may  still  be  seen  where  the  freshet  left  them. 

This  property  passed  from  the  male  line  of  Whitneys  to  the  female  descend- 
ants, through  whom  it  is  still  held.  Thus,  although  the  name  of  Whitney  still 
remains  attached  to  the  property,  the  individuals  of  that  name  are  not  connected 
with  it,  but  are  widely  scattered  both  in  England  and  in  this  country. 

July  20,  1592,  John  Whitney  was  baptized  in  the  St.  Margaret's  Church,  London. 
He  was  son  of  Thomas,  who  was  grandson  or  great-grandson  of  the  last  Sir  Robert 
Whitney.  In  1635  with  his  wife,  Eleanor,  and  five  children  he  embarked  for  Amer- 
ica. Here  he  settled  in  Watertown,  where  he  continued  to  reside  the  remainder  of 
his  life.  His  sons  settled  either  in  Watertown  or  towns  near  it.  His  grandson, 
Nathaniel,  settled  in  the  western  part  of  Watertown,  which  is  now  Weston. 

Arms.    Azure,  a  cross  chequey  or  and  sable.     Upon  a  canton,  gules;  a  lion  rampant 

Crest.    A  bull's  head  couped  sable;  horned  argent;  horns  tipped  with  red. 
Motto.     Fortis  sed  non  ferox. 


By  henry  MELVILLE,  Esq. 

HE  was  the  first  of  the  name  in  America,  and  the  son  of  Thomas  Whitney, 
"gentleman,"  of  Westminster,  by  his  wife,  Mary  Bray,  and  was  baptized  in 
St.  Margaret's,  the  parish  church  standing  in  the  shadow  of  the  famous  Abbev, 
on  the  20th  day  of  July,  1592. 

Thomas  was  not  a  native  of  the  city  of  his  residence,  but  had  come  from  one  of 
the  oldest  and  most  distinguished  families  in  the  west  of  England,  the  Whitneys 
of  Whitney,  where,  on  the  banks  of  the  Wye,  the  crumbling  ruins  of  their  ancestral 
castle  could  still  be  seen  surviving  centuries  of  border  warfare.  His  uncle,  Sir 
James,  knighted  by  Queen  Elizabeth  at  Winsor  in  1570,  was  lord  of  Whitney,  Clifford, 
Pencombe,  Ocle  Pitchard,  Kings  Capell,  Boughrid,  Tremayne,  Icomb,  Clifton  and 
Comwich,  and  sheriff  of  Herefordshire;  his  grandfather,  Sir  Robert,  knighted  by 
Queen  Mary  in  1553,  represented  that  county  in  parliament,  and  from  the  latter 
could  be  traced  back  a  long  knightly  line  of  Whitneys  and  De  Whitneys  to  the 
twelfth  century,  when  the  name  originated,  and,  beyond  them,  Norman  ancestors, 
with  other  names  even  to  the  conquest. 

One  or  more  of  his  forefathers  had  gone  on  a  crusade  to  the  Holy  Land,  one  had 
fought  under  Edward  I.  in  the  Scotch  war  of  1301,  another  had  twice  represented 
Richard  II.  abroad  in  important  affairs  of  state  and  had  been  slain  "at  the  capture 
of  Edmund  Mortimer,"  a  fourth  had  followed  Henry  V.  in  the  triumphs  of  English 
arms  in  France,  a  fifth  had  risked  land  and  life  for  the  "White  Rose"  and  had  had 
his  praises  sung  by  the  Welsh  bard,  Glyn  Cothi,  and  nearly  every  one  had  been  sher- 
iff of  his  shire  and  had  sat  in  the  great  national  council.  They  quartered  on  their 
shields  the  arms  of  Milbourne.  Eynesford,  Furnival,  \'erdon,  Lovetot,  Baskerville, 
Boteler,  Rees,  Lienthall,  Le  Gros,  Bredwardine,  Sollers,  Brugge  and  Blackett,  and 
their  marriage  alliances  had  been,  almost  without  exception,  with  families  whose 
names  are  great  in  history,  through  at  least  two  of  which  Thomas  could  claim  blood 
relationship  to  royalty  from  William  the  Conquerer  to  Edward  I. 

The  family  name,  Whitney,  or,  as  originally  written,  De  Whitney,  was  derived 
from  the  name  of  the  parish  where  the  castle  stood.  Aluard,  a  Saxon,  held  the  land 
before  the  Conquest,  but  at  the  time  of  the  "Domesday  Survey,"  1086  A.  D.,  it  was 
"waste"  with  no  owner,  save  the  King  as  paramount  lord. 

Sir  Turstin,  one  of  the  Conqueror's  Knights,  commonly  known  as  "Turstin  the 
Fleming"  and  "Turstin  De  Wigmore,"  married  Agnes,  daughter  of  Alured  De 
Merleberge,one  of  the  great  barons  of  the  realm,  who  settled  on  her,  with  other  land, 
the  Pencombe  estate.  Agnes  had  two  sons,  Eustace  and  Turstin,  to  the  former  of 
whom  the  property  passed.  Eustace's  son,  or  grandson,  some  time  between  1100  and 
1200  A.  D.,  engaging  in  the  border  wars,  built  a  stronghold  and  took  up  his  residence 
at  Whitney,  on  the  banks  of  the  Wye,  and  thus,  after  the  custom  of  the  times, 
acquired  the  surname  De  (of)  Whitney,  as  one  of  his  neighbors  gained  that  of 
De  Clifford,  and  another  that  of  De  la  Hay.  The  first  mention  of  a  De  Whitney  in 
any  record  now  extant  is  that  of  "  Robert  De  Wytteneye,"  in  the  Testa  de  Nevill, 


1242  A.  D.  There  are  numerous  records  relating  to  Robert's  son,  "Sir  Eustace  De 
Wytteneye,"  and  from  the  latter  down  an  authentic  account  can  be  given  of  each 
head  of  the  family  in  the  long  line. 

After  more  than  four  years  of  research  and  two  visits  to  England,  Henry  Mel- 
ville, Esq..  of  the  New  York  bar,  has  compiled  and  published  a  richly  illustrated 
book  entitled 


which  is  the  authority  for  the  foregoing  statements,  and  which  those  mentioned  in 
the  following  pages  as  among  the  descendants  of  the  latter  will  wish  to  see,  and  from 
the  two  works  combined  learn  the  names  of  their  progenitors  in  unbroken  series  for 
eight  hundred  years. 

Of  the  life  of  Thomas  Whitney  nothing  is  certainly  known  beyond  the  following 
facts:  On  May  10,  1583,  he  obtained  from  the  Dean  and  Chapter  of  Westminster  a 
license  to  marry  Mary,  daughter  of  John  Bray,  in  which  he  is  described  as  "  Thomas 
Whytney  of  Lambeth  Marsh,  gentleman,"  and  on  May  12th  the  marriage  ceremony 
was  performed  in  St.  Margaret's.  "Lambeth  Marsh"  is  a  name  still  applied  to  a 
locality  near  the  Surrey  end  of  Westminster  bridge.  There  were  born  to  him  nine 
children,  viz:  Margaret,  Thomas,  Henry,  Arinvaye,  John,  Nowel!,  Francis,  Mary, 
and  Robert,  but  only  three,  viz.,  John,  Francis,  and  Robert,  survived  childhood.  Of 
these  John  emigrated  to  Watertown,  Mass.,  Francis  died  at  Westminster  in  1643,  and 
Robert  in  the  parish  of  St.  Peters,  Cornhill,  London,  in  1662.  In  1611  it  is  recorded 
that  Thomas  paid  the  subsidy  tax,  and  December  6,  1615,  on  the  probate  of  the  will 
of  his  father-in-law,  John  Bray,  he  was  appointed  executor.  February  22,  1607,  he 
apprenticed  his  son  John,  and  >s'ovember  8,  1624,  his  son  Robert.  The  record  of  the 
latter,  like  the  marriage  license,  describes  him  as  a  "gentleman."  September  25, 
1629,  he  buried  his  wife,  and  in  April,  1637,  died  himself.  His  eldest  surviving  son, 
John,  being  then  out  of  England,  administration  of  his  estate  was,  on  May  8,  1637, 
granted  to  the  other  two,  Francis  and  Robert. 

The  accounts  of  the  latter  show  that  the  deceased  was  in  comfortable  circum- 

John,  in  whom  we  are  most  interested,  probably  received,  for  those  days,  a  good 
education  in  the  famous  "  Westminster  School,"  now  known  as  St.  Peter's  College, 
and  February  22,  1607,  at  the  age  of  fourteen,  was  apprenticed  by  his  father  to  Will- 
iam Pring  of  the  Old  Bailey,  London.  The  latter  was  a  "  Freeman  "  of  the  Merchant 
Tailors'  Company,  then  the  most  famous  and  prosperous  of  all  the  great  trade  guilds, 
numbering  in  its  membership  distinguished  men  of  all  professions,  many  of  the 
nobility  and  the  Prince  of  Wales,  and,  on  March  13,  1614,  Whitney  at  the  age  of 
twenty-one  became  a  full-fledged  member.  Marrying  soon  after  he  took  up  his  resi- 
dence at  Isleworth-on-the-Thames,  eight  miles  from  Westminster,  and  there  three 
children  were  born,  baptized  on  the  following  dates:  May 23, 1619,  Mary;  September 
14,  1621,  John;  and  January  6,  1623-4,  Richard.  There^  too,  November  8,  1624,  his 
father  apprenticed  to  him  his  youngest  brother,  Roliert,  who  served  seven  years. 
Soon  after  the  latter  date  he  moved  from  Isleworth,  probably  back  to  London. 
Entries  in  the  registers  of  the  parish  of  St.  Mary  Aldermery  indicate  that  he  lived 
there — in  "  Bowe  lanne,"  near  Bow  church,  where  hang  the  famous  bells — for  several 
years,  during  which  time  Mary  died,  and  his  son  Thomas  was  baptized  December  10, 
1627.  In  September,  1631,  he  placed  his  eldest  child,  John,  Jr.,  in  the  Merchant 
Tailors  school — where,  according  to  the  registers,  he  remained  as  long  as  the  family 
were  in  England — and,  early  in  April,  1635,  registered  with  his  wife  Elinor  and  sons 
John,  Richard,  Nathaniel,  Thomas,  and  Jonathan  as  a  passenger  in  the  ship  "  Eliza- 
beth and  Ann,  Roger  Cooper,  Master."  which,  a  few  weeks  afterward,  completed 
her  lading  and  set  sail  for  the  New  World. 

Extracts  from  the  books  of  the  Merchant  Taylors'  Company,  of  the  city  of  Lon- 
don, England. 

July,  1592,  Thomas  Whitney,  son  of  Henrv  Whitney  of  Minehall,  in  the  county 
of  Surrey,  gentleman,  apprenticed  to  William  Persie  of  Watling  street. 

April  14,  1600,  Thomas  Whitney  made  free  by  Henry  Pratt,  his  assigned  master, 
from  Mr.  Rowe,  who  was  his  assigned  master  from  William  Persie,  his  first  master. 
The  report  of  Mr.  Rowe  for  two  years  and  by  Mr.  Persie  for  two  years  and  three 
months,  certified  by  their  letters  to  Henry  Pratt  for  the  residue. 

June  23,  1593,  Thomas  Whitney,  son  of  Nichols  Whitney  of  Carsleton,  in  the 
county  of  Hereford,  gentleman,  deceased,  apprenticed  to  Robert  Davies  of  St. 
Andrews  in  Holborn. 

July  19,  1602,  Thomas  Whitney  made  free  by  Robert  Davies,  his  master. 


Feb.  22,  1607,  John  Whitney,  son  of  Thomas  Whitney  of  the  city  of  Westminster, 
yeoman,  apprenticed  to  William  Pring  of  the  Old  Bailey. 

March  13, 1614,  John  Whitney  made  free  by  William  Pring,  his  master. 

April  26,  1613,  Richard  Whitney,  son  of  Robert  Whitney  of  Ugley,  in  the  county 
of  Essex,  yeoman,  apprenticed  to  William  Searson. 

June  28,  1620,  Richard  Whitney  made  free  by  his  service  with  William  Searson, 
his  master. 

March  8,  1624,  Robert  Whitney,  son  of  Thomas  Whitney  of  the  city  of  Westmin- 
ster, gentleman,  apprenticed  to  John  Whitney  of  Isleworth. 

1632,  Robert  Whitney  made  free  by  John  Whitney,  his  master,  upon  the  report 
of  his  master. 


THOMAS  WHITNEY  was  a  resident  of  Plymouth  as  eaily  as  1634;  for  that  year 
he  was  one  of  the  jury  in  the  trial  of  cases  before  the  Plymouth  Colony  Court. 
He  served  as  a  member  of  the  jurv  in  the  trial  of  cases  during  the  years  1648- 
49-50-51-53-54-56-57-59-60-61-62-63-64-65-66-67.  He  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  at 
Plymouth  in  1657.  There  is  no  record  of  the  births  of  any  of  his  children  at  Ply- 
mouth. He  must  have  been  well  along  in  years  when  he  married.  His  wife,  Win- 
nefred,  died  July  23, 1660,  aged  only  22  years.     (See  Plymouth  Colony  Record.) 

Jeremiah  Whitney  resided  in  Plymouth  in  1643,  for  at  that  time  he  was  included 
in  a  list  of  those  able  to  bear  arms.  In  1657  he  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  at  Sandwich, 

Stephen  Whitney  was  one  of  the  first  settlers  of  Huntington,  L.  I. 

Henry  Whitney  was  another  early  settler  and  located  in  Connecticut.  The 
genealogy  of  his  descendants,  both  male  and  female  lines,  has  been  very  fully 
traced  by  the  late  Stephen  \\'hitney  Phoenix,  of  New  York  City,  ably  assisted  by  the 
late  D.  Williams  Patterson,  of  Newark  Valley,  New  York.  There  are  a  number  of 
inaccuracies  in  that  work,  but  the  most  glaring  in  it  is  the  alleged  connection 
between  the  American  and  English  branches.  The  following  letter  from  Col. 
Joseph  Lemuel  Chester  fully  explains  the  imposition: 

London,  Eng.,  Jan.  16,  1880. 

I  do  not  know  whether  Mr.  Whitmore  has  mentioned  to  you  the  contents  of  my 
last  letter  to  him,  respecting  the  Whitney  pedigree  in  Mr.  Phoenix's  splendid  volume. 
If  not,  I  may  now  say  to  you  that  Mr.  Phcenix's  suspicions  being  aroused  as  to  the 
accuracy  of  the  English  pedigree  furnished  by  Mrs.  De  Salis,  he  begged  me  to  inves- 
tigate It. 

It  required  but  a  single  glance  at  the  pedigree  and  her  statements  in  the  text,  to 
enable  me  to  determine  that  they  were  fictitious,  as  I  saw  at  once  that  they  stated 
what  I  knew  to  be  impossibilities.  A  little  investigation  revealed  all  that  she  had 
done,  and  enabled  me  to  determine  exactly  how  she  had  done  it. 

As  this  is  now  the  third  of  her  American  cases  which  I  have  examined  with  sim- 
ilar results,  I  felt  not  only  justified,  but  bound  to  interpose  between  her  and  my 
countrymen.  I  taxed  her  with  what  I  had  discovered,  and  now  have  her  confession 
that  the  two  wills  of  Thomas  Whitney  and  Ann  Roberts,  the  alleged  father  and  aunt 
of  the  emigrant  Henry  Whitney,  on  which  alone  the  pedigree  is  based  (as  you  will 
see  by  referring  to  the  books),  were  pure  fabrications,  although  she  persists  in  declar- 
ing that  they  were  not  fabricated  by  herself,  but  by  some  mysterious  assistant,  whom 
she  trusted.     This,  however,  I  have  good  reason  for  not  believing. 

I  have  also  her  written  pledge  that  she  will  never  again  seek  or  accept  a  com- 
mission from  the  United  States.  I  do  not  know  yet  what  course  Mr.  Phoenix  will 
pursue  either  here  or  at  home,  so  perhaps  you  will  guard  what  I  now  write  as  at  least 

After  this  experience,  it  is  fair  to  presume  that  all  her  other  American  clients 
have  been  treated  in  a  similar  manner.  Sincerely  yours, 

Jos.  L.  Chester. 



THE  Whitney  family  is  very  numerous  in  America;  not  only  in  New  England  are 
they  abundant,  but  in  nearly  every  state  and  territory  in  the  United  States.  A 
very  large  share  of  those  who  bear  the  name  are  the  descendants  of  John  and 
Elinor  Whitney  of  Watertown,  in  the  Massachusetts  colony.  No  relationship  is 
traced  between  this  family  and  that  of  Henry  Whitney  of  Norwalk,  Conn.,  who 
located  there  in  1665,  and  the  genealogy  of  whose  descendants,  both  male  and  female 
lines,  has  been  published  by  S.  Whitney  Phoenix,  being  the  most  exhaustive  and 
expensive  work  of  this  kind  ever  published  in  America.* 

John  Whitney  was  born  in  England  in  1589,  and  dwelt  in  the  Parish  of  I-sieworth- 
•on-the-Thames,  opposite  Richmond,  nine  miles  from  London,  from  May,  1619,  to 
January,  1623-4.  The  record  "  of  persons  permitted  to  embark  at  the  port  of  Lon- 
don after  Christmas,  1634,"  manuscript  folio  page  35  in  Rolls  office.  Chancery  Lane, 
gives  the  following  names  and  ages:  John  Whitney  35,  Elinor  Whitney  30,  John  11, 
Richard  9,  Nathaniel  8,  Thomas  6,  Jonathan  1. 

The  record  reads  as  follows: 

The  Elizabeth  and  Ann,  Roger  Cooper  Mr.,  April,  1635. 

These  p'ties  hereunder  expressed  are  to  be  imbarqiied  for  New  England,  having 
taken  the  oaths  of  Allegeance  and  Supremacie  and  likewise  brought  Certificate  both 
from  the  Ministers  and  Justices  when  their  abidings  were  latlie,  of  their  conformitie 
to  the  Discipline  and  order  of  the  Church  of  England,  and  yet  they  are  no  Subsedy 
Men.  Jo.  Whitney, 35;  Jo.  Whitney,  11;  Richard  Whitney,  9;  Nathaniel  Whitney,  8; 
Tho.  Whitney,  6;  Jonathan  Whitney,  1;  Ellen  Whitney,  30. 

The  ages  of  John  Whitney  and  his  five  sons,  as  thus  given,  were  all  too  young. 

The  parish  register  of  Isleworth  contains  the  following  entries: 

1621,  Sept.  14,  John  Whitne  and  Ellin  had  John  their  son  baptized. 

1623-4,  Jan.  6,  John  Whitne  and  Elinor  his  wife  had  their  son  Richard  baptized. 
It  is  suggested  that  the  non-conformity  acts  might  have  had  some  influence  in  mak- 
ing the  ages  of  the  several  members  of  the  family  younger  than  they  were. 

They  settled  in  Watertown,  in  the  Massachusetts  colony,  in  June,  1635,  where  his 
son  Joshua  was  born  the  15th  of  July  following,  he  being  the  first  .of  this  line  born  in 
America.  John  Whitney  was  admitted  freeman  3d  of  ^Iarch,  1636,  and  the  following 
year  was  for  the  first  time  elected  by  his  associates  as  one  of  the  Select  Men  of  the 
town.  He  held  the  office  for  many  years  afterward,  until  1655,  at  which  time  he  was 
elected  town  clerk.  June  1,  1641,  he  was  appointed  constable  at  Watertown  by  the 
General  Court  at  their  quarter  session  held  in  Boston. 

At  that  time  constables  were  appointed  by  the  General  Court,  and,  besides  the 
duties  attached  to  the  office  in  latter  times,  they  were  required  to  collect  the  taxes  of 
the  town  and  the  levies  by  the  General  Court;  to  pay  the  debts  of  the  colony  due  to 
individuals  in  their  respective  towns;  to  supply  the  town  with  sealed  weights  and 
measures;  to  set  or  order  in  those  towns  where  no  captain  dwelt,  and  to  inflict  the 
punishments  ordered  by  judicial  authority,  "where  there  was  not  another  appointed 
to  do  it  within  his  own  town,  unless  he  can  get  another  to  do  it."  As  a  badge  of  his 
■office  a  constable  Jwas  required  to  carry  a  black  staff  five  or  five  and  a  half  feet 
long,  with  a  tip  or  head  five  or  six  inches  long. 

His  very  early  admission  as  a  freeman  and  his  election  as  a  Select  Man  show 
that  he  held  a  respectable  social  position  in  the  community. 

He  was  grantee  of  eight  lots  in  Watertown  and  purchaser  of  16  acres,  his  home- 
stall  lot,  where  he  continued  to  reside.  This  latter  property  was  granted  to  John 
Strickland,t  and  was  bounded  east  and  south  by  William  Jennison,  west  by  Mar- 
tin Underwood,  north  by  Isaac  Mixer.  His  eight  lots  amounted  to  212  acres, 
to  which  he  subsequently  made  additions,  as  shown  by  the  Registry  of  Deeds.  Later 
the  homestall  became  the  property  of  his  son,  Joshua,  of  Groton,  who  sold  it  to  Dea. 
Nathan  Fiske,  Oct.  29,  1697. 

The  death  of  John  Whitney  is  registered  in  the  church  record  of  Watertown, 
1673,  thus:     "John  Whetny,  Widdower,  Deceased  first  of  June,  aged  abought  eighty- 

*\Vliitne.v.  The  Whitney  Family  of  Connecticut  and  its  AtKliatious.  Being  an  attempt  to 
trace  the  Descendants,  as  well  in  the  Female  as  the  Male  Lines,  of  Henry  Whitney,  from  1649  to 
1878.  To  which  is  prefixed  some  account  of  the  Whitneys  of  England.  By  S.  Whitney  Phcenix.  3 
Tery  thick  vols.  4to.  Bound  by  Matthews  in  half  morocco.  Edition  of  510  copies,  privately 
printed,  all  for  presentation.  N.  Y.,  187S.    $5000 

t  He  was  dismissed  from  the  Watertown  church  May  29,  1635,  and  was  one  of  the  Watertown 
«olony  that  planted  Wethersfield,  Conn.,  the  oldest  town  on  the  Connecticut  river. 


four  years."  His  wife,  Elinor,  mother  of  his  eight  sons,  died  in  Watertown  May  11, 
1659,  aged  about  60  years  (though  called  54).  He  married  Judah  (Judith)  Clement, 
Sept.  29, 1659.  .. 

His  will,  dated  April  3,  1673,  is  as  follows: 

I  John  Whitney  senior  of  Watertowne  in  ye  county  of  midlesexx  being  perfect 
and  sound  in  my  memory  and  understanding  blessed  be  god  for  it:  I  do  declare 
this  to  be  my  last  will  and  testemant     In  maner  and  form  as  followeth 

lly  1  committ  my  spirit  into  ye  hands  of  god  yt  gave  it:  and  my  body  unto  the 
earth  from  whence  it  was  taken; 

21y  I  give  unto  my  Son  John  Whitney:  my  meadow  called  beeverbrook  mead- 
ows with  yt  upland  yt  doth  appertain  thereunto:  and  a  yoke  of  oxen:  or  nine  pounds 
ten  shillings:  and  ten  acres  of  my  land  called  dcvcdent  and  a  trunke  and  one  pair  of 
sheets  and  one  pair  of  pillows  beers  and  two  pewter  dishes  a  great  one  and  a  small 
one  and  ye  bed  whereon  I  lie  with  all  the  furniture  thereunto  belonging. 

31y  I  give  unto  my  son  Richard  Whitney  my  ten  acres  of  land  called  devident 
and  two  cowes  and  a  great  sea  chest 

41y  I  give  unto  my  son  Thomas  Whitney  ten  acres  of  my  land  called  devident 
and  two  cowes  and  a  sad  colered  sute  namely  a  payer  of  breeches  and  a  close  coate 
and  a  puter  dish. 

Sly  I  give  unto  my  son  Jonathan  Whitney  an  iron  kitle  and  a  great  brass  skilet. 

61y  I  give  unto  my  son  Joshua  Whitney  twenty  acres  of  my  land  called  devident 
and  a  cubbard  and  a  little  table  and  a  chest  and  a  great  kitle  and  a  warming  pan 
and  a  skillett. 

71y  1  give  unto  my  son  Benjamin  Whitney  the  old  mare  if  she  live. 

Sly  My  will  is  yt  what  of  my  estate  be  left  after  all  is  paid  out  as  ye  aboves 
namely  of  my  moveables  yt  it  be  equaly  devided  between  my  execeutors  and  1  doe 
nominate  and  apoynt  my  well  beloved  sones  John  Whitney  and  Joshua  Whitney  to  be 
my  execeutors  to  this  my  will  and  testament  and  I  doe  desire  my  loveing  friend 
William  Bond  sen  to  se  yt  this  my  will  be  performed  acording  to  ye  true  intent  of  it 
as  is  aforesaid  and  doe  set  to  my  hand  this  3d  of  Aprill  1673. 

Ye  centerline  in  ye  line  24  ye  wood  devided  was  don  before  any  subscribing  or 

The  marks  of  X 

Jon  Whitney  sen  and  a  scale. 
In  ye  presince  of  us 

William  Bond  sen 

Sarah  Bond  sen 

This  is  an  inventory  of  the  estate  of  Mr.  John  Whitnie,  sene,  taken  this  4th  of 
•June,  1673,  by  us  whose  names  are  hereunto  subscribed. 

Impe  Wearing  Clothes. 

A  sad  coleired  sute  coats  and  breeches 001         10  00 

The  rest  of  both  linin  and  woollen  and  shooes  stocking  hats  gloves 

being  much  worne 002        10  00 

The  bed  wheareon  he  lay  wth  all  the  furniture  thereunto  belonging.. .       05        00  00 
Three  pillows  beers  three  sheets  and  three  small  old  table  clothes.. . .     001        00  00 

An  old  feather  boulster  and  feather  pillows  a  sea  chest 000        10  00 

Two  old  chests  an  old  trunke  an  old  box  and  an  old  Cubbard 000        14  00 

Two  old  tables  one  forme  4  old  chaires 001        00  00 

Three  pewter  platters  one  basson  a  sacer  and  old  great  pott  and  old 

pewter  bottle  and  a  chamber  pott 000        12  00 

A  brass  kitle  2  brass  skillets  a  brass  skimer  a  warming  pan  a  small 

brass  morter  a  little  ladell  of  brass 001        02  00 

An  iron   pot  and  pott  hooks  a  tramell  a  iron  kittle  a  spit  a  smoothing 

iron  and  two  old  frying  pans 001        05  00 

Three   earthen   vessels   a   great  grater    2    chuny   dishes  a  dozen   of 

trenchers  a  wooden  dish  3  cheese  moats 000        03  00 

A  small  trevit  a  pair  of  tongs  and  a  small  payer  of   scales  pound  and 

half  in  waits  a  spindell  for  a  wheelle  and  an  iron  bullet 000        02  00 

A  churne  and  other  lumber 000        05  00 

Four  cowes 010        00  00 

Two  oxen 009        10  00 

A  old  maer 002        10  00 

Anoldsadlean  pillion 000        10  00 

An  old  paire  of  soops  and  boxes  for  a  cart  a  payer  of  iron  pins  for  the 

extree  a  payer  of  lines  pins  and  washers 000        10  GO 


A  chaine  a  iron  bar  a  spoone  of  iron  an 'old  adsc  a  set  for  a  saw  two 

wedges  and  an  iron  pin  for  a  cart  a  hay  crome  and  other  old  iron,    000        12  00 

A  grind  stone  with  the  iron  to  it 000        04  00 

An  old  haire  a  cart  rope  an  old  bage  two  old  cushins 000        02  00 

Fifty  acres  of  land  caled  devident 025        00  00 

Three  acres  of  meadow  at  beaver  brooke  with  an  acre  and  half  of  up- 
land to  it 020        00  00 

An  acre  of  meadow  called  plaine  meadow 010        00  00 

A  forke  and  a  shovell 000        02  00 

All  so  of 000        14  00 

Joseph  Underwood 
William  Bond 
Nathan  Fiske 

Massachusetts  Colony  Records. 

A  quarter  Court,  held  at  Boston,  the  first  of  the  4th  mo.,  1641. 
John  Whitney  was  chosen  constable  at  Watertowne  and  tooke  oath. 
There  was  granted  to  Goodm.  Nutt,  Marten  \'nderwood,  John  Whitney,  Henry 
Kemball  and  John  Witheredge  alowance  for  83'^  yrd.  of  cloth,  valued  at  12  d. 
p.  yrd. 

165.5.  In  answer  to  the  peticion  of  Mr.  Lymon  Eires,  Jno.  Stone,  Jno.  Whitney, 
Wm.  Page,  etc  ,  the  Court  judgeth  it  meete  to  referre  the  peticioners  to  the  retourne 
of  the  commissiones  appointed  to  settle  the  matters  in  difference  betweene  them 
those  acts  this  Court  doth  approove  of  and  contjnew,  as  they  are  presented  to  this 
Court,  and  are  on  file. 


JOHN  WHITNEY  probably  arrived  in  June,  and  immediately  settled  in  Water- 
town,  where  his  son  Joshua  was  born  the  loth  of  July.  He  purchased  a  sixteen 
acre  homestall,  which  had  been  granted  to  John  Strickland,  who  was  dismissed 
from  the  Watertown  church  May  29,  1635,  and  was  one  of  that  colony  from  Water- 
town  that  went  and  planted  Wethersfield,  the  oldest  town  on  Connecticut  river. 
This  homestead  was  the  permanent  residence  of  Mr.  Whitney.  In  1668  he  requested 
his  youngest  son,  Benjamin,  who  had  settled  in  York,  Me.,  to  return  and  live  with  him 
on  his  homestead,  with  the  assurance  that  it  should  be  his  own  after  his  father's 
decease.  In  1671  Benjamin,  with  his  father's  consent,  conveyed  his  rights  and  obli- 
gations in  this  homestead  to  his  brother  Joshua,  who  had  settled  in  Groton,  for  £A{i. 
After  the  decease  of  his  father  Joshua  returned  to  Groton,  and  on  the  29th  October, 
1697,  sold  this  ancient  homestead  to  Dea.  Nathan  Fiske.  It  was  situated  at  a  little 
distance  north  of  Belmont  street  and  east  of  Common  street.  (See  the  majj  of  the 
original  allotments  in  Bond's  Early  History  of  Watertown.) 

It  is  stated  above  that  Mr.  Whitney  purchased  his  homestall,  but  before  1642  the 
town  had  granted  him  nine  other  lots  of  land,  amounting  to  198  acres.  The  Registry 
of  Deeds,  which  contains  comparatively  few  of  the  early  conveyances,  shows  that  he 
made  several  purchases  of  land,  and  it  is  probable  that  he  had  aided  all  his  other 
sons  in  their  settlements  as  he  did  Jonathan,  to  whom  he  gave  39  acres  about  1659 — 
and  Benjamin,  to  whom  he  gave  the  homestead  as  we  have  already  noticed. 
Jonathan  and  Benjamin  received  these  gifts  from  their  father  when  they  were  quite 
young,  and  it  is  possible  that  they  shared  in  some  later  division  of  his  estate,  which 
may  account  for  the  fact  that  Mr.  Whitney  in  his  will,  while  he  bequeathes  parcels  of 
land  to  all  his  other  sons,  merely  gives  to  Jonathan  "  one  iron  kitle  and  a  great  brass 
skilet; "  to  Benjamin,  "the  old  mare  if  she  live." 

Mr.  W^hitney  was  admitted  freeman  March  3,  1635-6;  appointed  constable  of 
Watertown  by  the  General  Court,  June  1,  1641;  selectman,  1638  to  16-55,  inclusive,  and 
town  clerk,  1655. 

His  wife  Elinor,  the  mother  of  his  eight  sons,  died  May  11,  1659,  aged  54;  and 
he  married  Sept.  29,  1769,  Judah  Clement,  who  was  not  living  at  the  date  of  his  will, 
April  3,  1673.  He  died  June  1,  1673,  aged  74.  Inventory,  dated  June  4,  1673:  -50  acres 
■dividend  land,  3  acres  Beaver  Brook  meadow,  and  I'A  acres  upland;  1  acre  plain 
meadow,  besides  his  personal  property,  consisting  of  household  goods  and  stock  on 
the  farm.  This  shows  that  he  then  held  but  a  small  part  of  his  lands  granted  and 
purchased,  which  had  probably  been  distributed  to  his  sons. 



















1.    John  Whitney  (Thomas,  Robert),  b.  England,  1689,  settled  in  Watertown, 

Mass.,  June,  1635,  m.  in   England,  Elinor ,  b.  1599,  d.  in  Watertown,  May  11, 

1659;  m.  2d.  in  Watertown  Sept.  29,  1659,  Judith  Clement.  She  died  before  her 
husband.      He  4-  June  1,  1673;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Mary,  bap.  Eng.  May  23,  1619;  d.  young. 

John,  b.  Eng.,  1620;  in.  Ruth  Reynolds. 

Richard,  b.  Eng.,  1626;  m.  Martha  Coldam. 

Nathaniel,  b.  Eng.,  1627;  n.  f.  k. 

Thomas,  b.  Eng.,  1629;  m.  Mary  Kedall  (Kettle). 

Jonathan,  b.  Eng.,  1634;  m.  Lvdia  Jones. 

Joshua,  b.  Wat.,  July  5,  1635;  m.  Lydia  ,  Mary and 

Abigail  Tarball. 

Caleb,  b.  Wat..  July  12,  1640;  d.  buried  12  (5)  1640. 

Benjamin,  b.  Wat.,  June  6,  1643;  m.  Jane  and  Mary  Poor. 

3.  John  Whitney  (John),  b.  England,  1620;  res.  in  Watertown  m.  1642,  Ruth 
Reynolds,  dau.  of  Robert,  of  Watertown,  Weathersfield  and  Boston. 

He  was  admitted  freeman  May  26,  1647  ae.  23;  was  selectman  1673-80,  inclu- 
sive. The  will  of  Robert  Reynolds,  of  Boston,  dated  Apr.  20,  1658,  mentions  his 
dau.,  Ruth  Whitney  and  her  eldest  son;  his  dau.  Sarah  Mason  and  her  son  Robert. 
John's  estate  was  admr.  upon  by  Ruth  and  sons,  John  and  Benjamin.  Inventory 
dated  Oct.  26,  1692,  taken  by  Elnathan  Beers  and  Thomas  Hammond.  It  embraced 
18  lots  or  parcels  of  land  amounting  to  210  acres  and  prized  at  ;^197:15.  Item- 
braced  one  lot  of  17  acres,  "  purchased  of  father  Arnold."  His  will  was  not  proved, 
it  was  written  Feb.  27,  1685,  subscribed  in  the  year  1690.  This  will,  written  by  him- 
self, though  informal  and  not  on  record,  may  be  found,  in  the  files  at  the  Middlesex 
Probate  office  and  provides /;?/<??- a//a  as  follows:  "If  any  of  my  sonnes  or  sone-in 
laws  or  daughters  be  quarelsom  by  going  to  Law  or  troublesom  to  the  brethren  I  say 
they  shall  lose  the  share  of  what  I  have  bequeatted  them.  I  desire  they  should  live 
in  love  to  God  and  one  toward  anothr." 

Mr.  Whitney  first  settled  (1643)  and  always  resided  on  a  three-acre  lot  on  the  east 
side  of  Lexington  street,  on  land  granted  to  E.  How,  and  the  next  lot  south  of  the 
residence  of  the  Phillips  family,  and  is  probably  the  same  lot  occupied  by  his  great- 
grandson,  Bradshaw  Whitney.  The  ground  is  somewhat  elevated,  and  there  is  little 
doubt  that  it  is  the  "Whitney  Hill  "  sometimes  mentioned  in  the  records,  Dr.  Bond 
thinking  it  very  probable  that  his  supposition,  p.  1031,  respecting  this  hill,  is  incor- 

In  1675,  in  a  warrant  issued  to  the  people  of  Watertown  (just  a  few  months  prior 
to  the  attack  on  Sudbury)  for  impressing  twenty  soldiers  with  provisions,  arms  and 
ammunition  and  good  clothing  for  the  defense  of  the  colony,  Capt.  Hugh  Mason 
made  a  return,  and  in  the  list  is  found  the  names  of  John  Whitney,  Sr.,  and  Moses 
Whitney  (the  latter  was  probably  his  nephew). 

He  d.  Oct.  12,  1692;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

11.  i.  John,  b.  Sept.  17,  1643;  m.  Elizabeth  Harris. 

12.  ii.         Ruth;  b.  Apr.  15, 1645;  m.  June  20,  1664,  John  Shattuck,  b.  Feb.  11, 

1646.  He  was  drowned  in  passing  Charlestown  Ferry,  Sept.  14, 
1675;  m.  2nd  Mar.  6,  1676,  Enoch  Laurence,  b.  Mar.  5,1649;  d. 
Sept.  28,  1744.  Ch.  John,  b.  June  4, 1666;  m.  Mary  Blood;  was  one 
of  the  selectmen;  killed  by  the  Indians  with  his  son  at  Groton, 
Mar.  8,  1709.  He  was  the  ancestor  of  Lemuel  Shattuck,  Esq.,  of 
Boston,  the  historian  of  Concord,  Mass;  Ruth,  b.  Jan.  24,  1668; 
William,  b.  Sept.  11,  1670;  m.  Hannah  Underwood  and  Deliver- 
ance Pease;  Samuel,  m.  Elizabeth  Blood  and  had  nine  ch.;  ch. 

by  2nd  husband,  Nathaniel,  b.  Feb.  21,  1677;  m.  Hannah . 

One  of  his  sons  was  captain  of  the  Groton  company;  Daniel,  b. 

Mar.  7,  1681;  m.  Sarah .     In  1707  he  moved  from  Groton 

toPlainfield,Conn.,inthat  part  which  became  Killingly;  had  two 
wives  and  22  children;  Zechariah,  b.  July  16,  1683;  m.  Abigail 
Parker  and  Lucy  Lakin;  Jeremiah,  b.  May  1,  1686.  Enoch,  the 
father,  was  wounded  in  a  fight  with  the  Indians  July  27,  1694, 
which  almost  wholly  prevented  him  from  manual  labor.  John 
Shattuck  was  in  Capt.  Beers'  company  in  the  Squakeag  fight, 
Sept.  4,  1675. 

13.  iii.      Nathaniel,  b.  Feb.  1,  1646;  m.  Sarah  Hagar. 

14.  iv.      Samuel,  b.  July  26,  1648;  m.  Mary  Bemis. 








Mary,  b.  Apr.  29,  1650;  d.  unm.  after  1693. 

Joseph,  b.  Jan.  15,  1651;  m.  Martha  BoBch. 

Sarah,  b.  March  17,  1658;  m.  Oct.  18,  1681,  Daniel  Harrington,  b. 
Nov.  1,  1657;  d.  Apr.  19,  1728;  ch.  She  d.  June  8,  1720,  and  he 
m.  2nd  Oct.  25,  1720,  Elizabeth  Bridge,  wid.  of  Capt.  Benja- 
minGarfield.  Ch.:  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  24,  1683;  m.  Elizabeth  Warren; 
res.  to  Marlboro;  Robert,  b.  July  2,  1685;  m.  Anna  Harrington; 
res.  Lexington;  David,  b.  July  10,  1687;  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  2, 
1689;  m.  Elizabeth  Bigelow;  Joseph,  b.  Feb.  4,  1691;  m.  Martha 
Hastings;  Sarah,  b.  Oct.  28,  1693;  m.  Nathaniel  Livermore  and 
Ebenezer  Stone,  of  Newton. 

18.  viii.     Elizabeth,  b.  June  9,  1656;  m.  Dec.  19,  1678,  Daniel  Warren,  b. 

Oct.  6,  16-53.  He  was  selectman  many  times  and  rep.  in  1701. 
Ch.:  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  16,1679;  d.  Feb.  4,  1695;  Ruth,  b.  Oct. 
15,  1681;  m.  Samuel  Bigelow,  of  Marlboro;  Mary,  b.  Jan.  25, 
1683;  Daniel,  b.  Apr.  30,  1686;  captain;  m.  Hannah  Bigelow  and 
,  Mehitabel  Garfield;  Sarah,  bap.  Dec.  14,  1701;  m.  Daniel  Galu- 
sha;  Hannah,  b.  Jan.  25,  1690;  m.  John  Bemis,  Jr.;  Jonas,  b.  July 
25,  1695;  Jonas,  b.  Apr.  30,  1697;  m.  Elizabeth  Seavens;  Deliver- 
ence,  b.  Oct.  10,  1699;  m.  Josiah  Coolidge;  Mary,  bap.  May  2, 
1703,  m.  (?)  Benjamin  Tucker,  of  Leicester. 

19.  ix.      Hannah,  b. ;  unm.  in  1693. 

/20.     X.        Benjamin,  b.  June  28,  1660;  m.  Abigail  Hagar  and  Elizabeth . 

4.  Richard  W^hitney  (John),  b.  England,  1626;  m.  Mar.  19,  1650,  Martha 
Coldam.  He  was  admitted  freeman  May  7,  1651.  He  was  proprietor  of  Stow  June  3, 
1680,  and  probably  moved  there  when  it  was  a  part  of  Concord  or  belonged  to  it. 
His  eight  children  were  born  in  Watertown. 

Apr.  7,  1697,  Richard  Whitney  of  Stow,  being  70  years  of  age,  was  released  from 
training  by  the  court.     He  d. ;  res.  Concord  and  Stow,  Mass.  ch. 

Sarah,  b.  Mar.  17, 1652. 

Moses,  b.  Aug.  1,  1655;  m.  Sarah  Knight. 

Johanah,  b.  Jan.  16,  1656. 

Deborah,  b.  Oct.  12,  1658. 

Rebecca,  b.  Dec.  15,  1659;  d.  Feb.  1660. 

Richard,  b.  Jan.  13,  1660;  m.  Elizabeth  Sawtell. 

Elisha,  b.  Aug.  26,  1662.     Did  he  go  to  Conn.? 

Ebenezer,  b.  June  30,  1672;  m.  Anna . 

6.  Thomas  Whitney  (John),  b.  England,  1629;  m.  in  Watertown,  Jan.  11,  1654, 
Mary  Kedall  or  Kettle. 

Thomas  Whitney  was  admitted  freeman  Apr.  18,  1690. 

"May  10, 1642,  ordered  that  six  pieces  of  common,  called  Pequusset,  shall  be  laid 
out  for  the  present  necessity  of  John  Kettle."     [Watertown  Record.] 
He  d.  Sept.  20,  1719;  res.  Watertown  and  Stow,  Mass. 

Tho.mas,  b.  Aug.  24,  1656;  m.  Elizabeth  Laurence. 
John,  b.  May  9,  1659;  d.  May  16.  1659. 
John,  b.  Aug.  22,  1660;  d.  Aug.  26,  1660. 
Eleazer,  b.  Sept.  2,  1662;  m.  Dorothy  Ross. 

Elnathan,  b.  Sept.  2,  1662;  d.  unm.  He  was  a  town  charge  in 
1727,  and  the  Selectman  ordered  to  see  if  his  brother  Eleazer 
would  look  after  him.  He  was  then  sixty-six  years  of  age.  He 
d.  Mar.  8,  1727.  He  met  with  a  serious  accident  and  became 
suddenly  insane. 

34.  vi.      Mary,  b.  Dec.  22,  1663;  d.  young. 

35.  vii.     Bezaleel,  b.  Sept.  16,  1665;  n.f.  k. 

36.  viii.    Sarah,  b.  Mar.  23,  1666;  m.  Apr.  11,  1699,  Charles  Chadwick;  b. 

Nov.  19,  1674.     Ch.:  Charles,  b.  May  21,  1700,  had  a  son  Abijah, 

b.  May  12,  1725;  Elizabeth,  b.  May  3,  1702;  Abigail,  b. ; 

m.  May  17,  1732,  Capt.  Henry  Spring,  of  Weston,  b.  Feb.  2,  1710. 

37.  ix.      Mary,  b.  Aug.  6,  1668;  d.  Sept.  6,  1669. 

38.  x.       Isaiah,  b.  Sept.  16,  1671;  m.  Sarah  (Woodward)  Eddy. 

39.  xi.      Martha,  b.  Jan.  30,  1673;  unm.     She  and  her  brother  Elnathan 

had  all  the  real  and  personal  estate  of  their  father. 

7.  Jonathan  Whitney  (John),  b.  England,  1634;  m.  in  Watertown,  Oct.  30, 
1656,  Lydia  Jones,  dau.  of  Lewis. 




























Jonathan  Whitney  was  admitted  an  inhabitant  of  Sherborn  in  1679.  That  year 
he  signed  the  social  compact  entered  mto  by  all  the  inhabitants.  In  1681  he  was 
one  of  a  committee  about  division  of  common  lands  and  signed  an  agreement  about 
building  a  church. 

He  d.  in  Sherborn  in  1702,  where  he  was  as  early  as  1679,  and  settled  near  Chest- 
nut Brook.  About  1659  his  father  gave  him  89  acres  of  land,  which  he  had  pur- 
chased of  Richard  Woodward.  Nov.  7,  1664,  Jonathan  Whitney  and  wife  Lydia  sold 
for  ;i^40  this  land,  was  situated  in  the  little  plain  in  Watertown,  to  Thomas  Flagg. 
Nov.  7,  1664,  he  sold  to  Richard  Child  5  acres  of  meadow,  situated  on  a  branch  of 
Stony  Brook.  Jonathan  Whitney  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  in  1652.  His  will  is  dated 
Jan.  12,  1702.  The  agreement  of  his  heirs  is  dated  Charlestown,  Jan.  21,  1714.  He 
d.  in  1702.     Res.  Watertown  and  Sherborn,  Mass. 

40.  i.         Lydia,  b.  July  3,  1657;  m.  Apr.  15,  1681,  Moses  Adams,  of  Sher- 

born, b.  Oct.  6,  1654.  He  was  tythingham,  1696;  selectman,  1701; 
had  land  in  Douglass  in  1715  and  d.  May  27,  1724.  Ch.:  Benoni, 
b.  Nov.  3,  1682;  Lydia,  b.  Feb.  2,  1684;  m.  John  Fisk;  Eliza,  b. 
Sept.  18,  1686;  d.  July  17,  1689;  Hannah,  b.  Feb.  8,  1688;  m. 
Nathaniel  Fisk;  Moses,  b.  Nov. 26, 1691;  d.bef.l730;  Elizabeth, 
b.  Oct.  25,  1689;  m;  David  Rider;  James,  b.  July  7,  1693;  Isaac, 
b.  Mar.  4,  1695;  Abigail,  b.  Sept.  7,  1697;  m.  Nathaniel  Perry. 

41.  ii.        Jonathan,  b.  Oct.  20,  1658;  m.  Sarah  Hapgood. 

42.  iii.       Anna,  b.  Apr.  28,  1860;  m.  Cornelius  Fisher,  of  Wrentham.     He 

was  b.  Feb.  8,  1660;  res.  Wrentham.  Ch.:  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  22, 
1691 ;  Cornelius,  b.  Sept.  29, 1692;  Isaac,b.  May  19,  1694;  Ann,  b. 
Mar.  28,  1696.  She  d.  Mar.  6,  1701,  and  he  m.  2nd,  Mar.  27,  1702, 
Mary  Colburn. 

43.  iv.       John,  b.  June  27,  1662;  m.  Mary  Hapgood,  Sarah  Haven  and  Mrs. 
Martha  (How)  Walker. 

JosiAH,  b.  May  19,  1664;  m.  Abigail and  Mary . 

Elinor,  b.  Oct.  12,  1666;  d.  Nov.  23,  1678. 

James,  b.  Nov.  25,  1668;  d.  Nov.  30,  1690. 

Isaac,  b.  Jan.  12,  1670;  d.  Dec.  2, 1690. 

Joseph,  b.  Mar.  10,  1672;  m.  Rebecca  Barge. 

Abigail,  b.  Aug.  18,  1675;  unm.  in  1702. 

Benjamin,  b.  Jan.  6,  1678;  m.  in  Sherborn,  Oct.  24,  1700,  Mercy 
Travis,  and  d.  s.  p.  in  1718.  She  m.  2nd,  prior  to  1721,  Lieut. 
Thomas  Frink,  of  Sudbury,  Mass.  She  was  b.  Feb.  8,  1668,  the 
daughter  of  James  and  Mercy  (Pierce)  Travis,  b.  in  Gloucester. 
The  father  the  same  year  moved  to  Brookfield,  where  he  resided 
until  his  return  to  Essex  Co.,  where  he  d.  1717.  Benjamin's  will 
was  made  in  the  year  171:3-4,  and  proved  Sept.  25,  1718.  In  1712 
Benjamin  Whitney  and  others  petition  to  Gov.  Dudley,  from 
Sherborn,  for  leave  to  form  a  cavalry  company.  His  estate  was 
valued  at  /712. 

8.     Dea.  Joshua  Whitney  (John),  b.  Watertown,  Mass.,  July  5,  1635,  m.  Lydia 
;  m.  2d,  Mary ,d.  at  Groton,  Mar.  17, 1671;  m.  3d,  Sept.  30,  1672,  Abigail 
















Joshua  Whitney  was  the  first  of  the  family  who  was  born  in  America.  He 
was  one  of  the  earliest  settlers,  a  deacon  and  original  proprietor  at  Groton,  Mass., 
and  dwelt  there  probably  until  it  was  burnt  by  the  Indians,  during  King  Philip's 
war,  in  the  spring  of  1676.  He  returned  to  Watertown  for  a  few  years  and  died  in 
1719.  His  will  is  dated  Apr.  17,  1713,  and  proved  Oct.  6,  1719.  It  mentions  several 
children  whose  births  are  not  recorded.  He  was  buried  in  the  old  burying  ground 
in  Groton.  He  served  as  a  soldier  in  King  Philip's  war  with  his  son,  Joshua,  Jr.,  in 

From  the  various  works  on  Groton,  compiled  by  that  able  historian,  Hon.  Samuel 
A.  Green,  of  Boston,  I  glean  the  following  relating  to  Dea.  Whitney: 

In  1681,  y3,  84  and  87,  he  was  elected  one  of  the  selectmen.  In  1680  he  was 
selected  one  of  the  board  to  arrange  matters  pertaining  to  the  meeting  house;  1684 
Joshuey  Whitney  elected  constibell;  1690  Joshua  Whetney  elected  a  tithing-man; 
1685  Joshiway  Whitney  selected  at  the  town  meeting  as  a  ffeus  newers;  1693  elected 
overseer  of  highway;  1701  was  chairman  of  the  committee  to  heat  the  meeting  house; 
1702  was  again  elected  selectman. 


Groton,  Apr.  22,  1715,  at  a  church  meeting: 

Whereas,  Deacon  Whitney  is  old,  and  desirous  of  the  choice  of  another  to 
officiate  in  his  place,  and  wheras  Dea.  John  Farnsworth  is  desirous  of  a  new  choice, 
unless  he  were  more  unanimously  confirmed,  the  church  did  thereupon  unanimously 
elect,  or  make  choice  of  Simon  Stone  and  Thomas  Tarbele,  to  officiate  as  deacons  in 
the  church  of  Groton. 

Joshuay  Whitny  have  payd  for  his  land  which  he  did  purchis  of  the  Town 
Comity  in  the  yer  1683,  the  and  inst  sum  of  twellve  shillins  for  twelve  ackrs  of  land. 
I  say  payd  for  acording  too  ordr  for  the  us  of  the  Town. 

By  Jonathan  Mors,  Clark. 

He  d.  Aug.  7,  1719;*    Res.  Watertown,  Groton  and  Watertown,  Mass. 

51.  i.        Joshua,  b.  June  14,  1666;  m.  Mary  — — ,  and  Sarah  Fellows. 

52.  li.       Sarah,  b.  Oct.  10,  1668;  m.  July  11,  1704,  Nathaniel  Jewell,  son  of 

Nathaniel  and  Mary  (Smedley)  of  Groton,  b.  Nov.  10,  1678,  d. 
1730.     Ch.:  Sarah,  b  July  24,  1711;  Abigail,  b.  Nov.  3,  1718;  res. 

Plainfield,  Conn.     She  m.  2d Taylor,  for  in  her  brother 

Joshua's  will,  in  1753,  she  is  called  Sarah  Taylor. 

53.  iii.      Mary,  b.  July   1,  1675;  m.   Ephraim    Peirce,  b.  Oct.  15,  1673,  d. 

Feb.  27,  1740.  She  d.  Dec.  29,  1749.  Ephraim  was  one  of  the 
first  settlers  in  Lunenburg.  He  was  one  of  the  first  selectmen 
in  1728.  [Hist,  and  Gen.  Peirce  family,  by  Fred  C.  Pierce.]  Ch.: 
Mary,  b.  Aug.  9,  1696;  m.  Mar  17,  1719,  Josiah  Farnsworth; 
Elizabeth,  b.  July  24.  1698;  m.  Dec.  24,  1723,  Thomas  Farweli; 
Ephraim,  b.  Nov.  12,  1700;  m.  Esther  Shedd  and  Mrs.  Huldah 
Weatherbee;  Sarah,  b.  Mar.  8,  1702;  m.  Oct.  27,  1720,  Jonathan 
Parker;  David,  b.  May  23, 1704;  m.  Elizabeth  Bowers;  Jonathan, 
b.  Apr.  15,1706;  d.  Sept.  23,  1723;  Simon,  b.  Oct.  15,  1707;  m. 
Susannah  Parker;  Abigail,  b.  Nov.  20,1710;  m.  Ezra  Farnsworth; 
Lydia,  b.  Nov.  20,  1713;  d.  Sept.  24,  1723. 
54.  iv.  William,  b.  Feb.  2S,  1678;  m.  Lydia  Perham  and  Margaret 

Cornelius,  b. ;  m.  Sarah  Shepherd. 

David,  b.  in  1682;  m.  Elizabeth  Warren. 

Martha, -b ;  m.  Feb.  1,  1708,  Isaac  Williams,  Jr.,  of  Newton, 

b.  Nov.  1,  1686.  Ch.:  Abigail,  b.  Oct.  4,  1710;  m.  Josiah  Fuller; 
Jonathan,  b.  Dec.  16,  1711;  m.  1735,  Deborah  Spring,  b.  Feb.  27, 
1713;  Martha,  b.  Mar.  18,  1714;  m.  Nathaniel  Spring,  b.  Aug.  26, 
1715;  Mary,  b.  June  14,  1717;  m.  Joseph  Miller;  Phebe,  b.  Oct.  9, 
1723;  Hannah,  b.  Oct.  9,  1723;  m.  John  Rogers;  Isaac,  b.  July 
15,  1725;  m.  Sarah  Stratton  and  Elizabeth  Cheney;  Elizabeth, 
m.  Josiah  Reed. 

58.  viii.      Elizabeth,  b. — - — ;   m.  Apr.  17,  1707,   Ebenezer   Farnsworth, 

res.  Groton,  Mass.  He  was  in  King  George's  war  in  1746;  was 
son  of  Matthias  and  Sarah  Farnsworth.  Elizabeth,  b.  June  27 
1708;  Matthias,  b.  Sept.  20,  1709;  Ebenezer,  b.  Dec.  11, 1711;  d 
Oct.  11;  1723;  William,  b.  Aug.  4,  1714;  Abigail,  b.  Sept.  2, 1718 
m.  May  1,  1740,  David  Blood;  she  d.  Nov.  7,  1783;  Kezia,  b 
Apr.  17,  1723;  Sarah,  b.  Aug.  5,  1725;  Lydia,  b.  Dec.  20,  1729 
Farnsworth  died  before  1753,  for  at  this  time  she  was  called 
Elizabeth  Harmon  in  her  brother  Joshua's  will. 

59.  ix.        Abigail,  b.  1673;   m.    John    Hutchins,    of  Groton.      They   res. 

Groton.  Ch.:  John,  b.  Oct.  13,  1693;  Joshua,  b.  Nov.  5,  1696; 
m.  July  12,  1722,  Mary  Shed;  Abigail,  b.  Sept.  14,  1698;  Eliza- 
beth, b.  Sept.  6,  1700;  Benjamin,  b.  Aug.  17,  1705. 

60.  X.         Alice,  b. ;  m.  Nathaniel  Woods,  of  Groton.     He  was  b.  in 

Groton,  the  son  of  Samuel  and  Alice  Woods,  Mar  27,  1667-8. 
She  d.  bef.  July  3,  1721,  for  he  then  m.  Sarah  Brown,  of  Stow, 
who  d.  Mar.  3,  1724.     He  m.  3d  Sept.  14,  1725,  Mrs.  Mary  Derby- 

*The  following  inscription  is  copied  from  his  tombstone,  in  the  old  burying  ground  in 
■Groton : 

[Death  s  Head] 

Here  Lyes  the 

Body  of  Mr 

Joshua  Whitney 







Aged  83  years 
Deed.  August  7th  1719 


shire;  Nathaniel,  b.  Oct.  19,  1694;  m.  Alice ;  Daniel,  b  Aug. 

10,  1696;  John.b.  Mar.  4,  1698;  m.  June  3,  1725,  Sarah  Longley; 
Isaac,  b.  Feb. 20, 1700;  m.  Sept.  21,  1725,  Abigail  Stevens;  Bath- 
sheba,  b.  Apr.  5, 1702;  m.  Collins  Mores;  Hannah,  b.  Mar.  16, 
1704;  m.  John  Farmer;  Phebe,  b.  Feb.  13,  1706;  m.  Oct. 25,  1733, 
James  Tufts,  of  Medford;  Aaron,  b.  May  27,  1707;  m.  April  3, 
1739,  Sarah  Boynton;  Moses,  b.  July  6,  1709;  m.  Nov.  22,  1733, 
Esther  Houghton;  Reuben,  b.  Apr.  11,  1711;  m.  June  11,  1741, 
Mrs.  Submit  Whitney,  11  children;  res.  Groton  (see);  Phebe, 
b.  Mar.  13, 1713;  Jonathan,  b.  June  4,  1716;  m.  Mary . 

61.  xi.        Hannah,  b. ;  m.  Thomas  Woods,  of  Groton. 

62.  xii.       Eleanor,  b. ;  m.  Samuel  Shepherd. 

Samuel  Shepard  was  son  of  Isaac  and  A.  Mary  (Smedley)  Shepard,  m.  Elinor 
W^hitney,  and  Nathaniel  Jewell  and  A.  Mary  Smedley  (2nd  marriage)  m.  her  sister, 

Sarah  Whitney.     Isaac  and  Mary  (^Smedley)  Shepard  had  three  ch.:  Isaac  m. ; 

Samuel  m.  Elinor  Whitney;  Mary  m.  Thos.  Harris. 

Children  of  Samuel  and  Eleanor*  (Whitney)  Shepard,  of  Plainfield,  Conn.,  as 
named  in  the  distribution  of  his  estate  Nov.  10,  1726,  (indorsed)  and  recorded  at 
Windham  (Willimantic),  Conn..  Dec.  21,  1730. 

i.  Jonathan  Shepard  (eldest  son),  b.  at  Plaintield,  Conn.,  March  3, 

1707-8;  m.  March  29,  1729,  Elizabeth  Baker,  and  resided  at 
Canterbury,  Conn.  His  children  were  (1)  Samuel,  (2)  Jonathan, 
(3)  William,  (4)  Daniel,  (5)  Timothy  and  (6)  Israel, 
ii.  David  Shepard  (2d  son),  m.  May  8,  17.32,  Mehitabel  Spaulding, 
and  had  Capt.  (1 1  David  Shepard,  b.  Jan.  10,  1733;  from  whom 
are  descended  Shepard,  of  Otsego,  N.  Y.  David  Shepard,  by 
his  second  wife,  Lydia  Meacham,  had  (2)  Mehitabel,  b.  Sept.  11, 
1735;  m.  Capt.  Joseph  Burges,  uf  Canterbury,  Conn.;  (3)  Lydia, 
b.  Sept.  13,  1737,  m.  Enoch  Pierce,  (4)  Benjamin,  b.  July  4,  1740, 
res.  Norwich,  Conn.,  (5)  Jesse  Shepard,  of  Tolland  and  Somers, 
Conn.,  b.  July  6,  1744,  m.  Sept.  24,  1766,  was  a  soldier  in  the 
Revolution.  His  son  Jesse  Shepard,  M.  D.,  resided  at  Schoharie, 
N.  Y.,  and  was  the  ancestor  of  the  Shepard  family,  of  Buffalo, 
Danville,  and  New  Haven,  N.  Y,  (6)  Abigail,  wife  of  Jonathan 
Pierce,  b.  Aug.  1,  1746,  Sarah  Shepard,  b.  Jan.  16,  1749,  and  John 
Shepard,  b.  May  5,  1751,  d.  unm.  1767.  David  Shepard  lived  on 
Shepard's  Hill,  in  the  town  of  Plainfield,  Conn.,  and  d.  Nov.  10, 
1752,  ae.  abt.  40.  His  wife  Lydia  survived  him  nearly  half  a 
iii.        Nathan    Shepard   (3d    son),  b.    June    15,  1720,   m.    Susannah 

Wheeler;  issue,  four  daughters. 
iv.        Benjamin  Shepard  (4th  son),  b.  Feb.  21,  1722-3. 
V.         Eleanor  (Derby),  eldest  daughter,  Mch  6,1701-2. 
vi.        Mary  (Johnson),' 2d  dau.,  b.  Aug.  11,  1703. 
vii.      Lucy  Shepard  (3d  dau,),  d.  s.  17.35. 
The  grave  of  Samuel  Shepard  at  Plainfield,  Conn.,  is  marked  by  a  simple  slab 
with  the  inscription  S.  S.,  1724.     His  wife  Eleanor  survived  him,  but  the  date  of  her 
decease  is  not  known.     He  was  the  son  of  Isaac  Shepard,  of  Concord  (Nashoba), 
Mass.,  who  was  killed  by  the  Nashua   Indian,   Feb.  12,  1676,  and  grandson  of  Dea. 
Ralph  Shepard,  of  Dedham,  Maiden  and  Concord  (1603-1691),  and  his  wife.  Thank 
Lord,  from    Stepney  Parish  (London),  England.      For  further  particulars  see  the 
monograph  written   upon  the  "  Puritan   Ralph  Shepard  "  by  his  descendant    and 
namesake,  the  late  Ralph  Hamilton  Shepard,  of  New  Haven,  N.  Y.,  or  consult  Judge 
H.  M.  Shepard,  of  Chicago. 

10.     Benjamin  Whitney  (John),b.  Watertown,  June  6, 1643;  m.  probably  at  York, 

Me.;    Jane  ..    She  died  Nov.  14,  1690;  m.  2d,  Apr.  11,  1695,  Mary  Poor,  of 


The  Massachusetts  Whitneys  early  in  the  seventeenth  century  began  to  spread 
toward  the  east,  and  many  of  the  older  towns  in  Maine  show  in  records  of  churches 
or  private  families,  in  addition  to  the  town  clerk's  records,  the  prominent  part  played 
by  them.  The  published  histories  of  many  towns,  as  Brunswick,  Gorham,  Gray, 
Harrison,  Castine,  and  many  others,  contain  lists  of  town  officers  and  oth^  records 
showing  the  interest  the  family  of  that  day  took  in  town  and  church  affairs. 

♦Eleanor  and  Sarah  married  balf-brothors. 


The  early  records  of  York,  Me.,  were  destroyed  by  the  Indians  in  the  memorable 
massacre  of  1692,  and  there  are  now  no  records  of  this  ancient  town,  which  was 
originally  called  Agamenticus,  from  a  mountain  in  the  northern  part  of  the  town. 
In  1652  the  inhabitants  signed  articles  of  submission  to  Massachusetts  and  at  that 
time  there  were  no  persons  by  the  name  of  Whitney  residing  there. 

The  first  record  I  can  find  of  Benjamin  in  Maine  is  in  1662-6-8  he  witnessed  at 
York  an  agreement  of  John  Doves.  He  was  at  Cocheco,  Me.,  near  Dover,  in  1667-8. 
April  13,  1674.  The  selectmen  of  York  laid  out  10  acres  of  upland  to  Benjamin, 
His  father  desired  that  he  should  return  to  Watertown  and  settle  with  him  on  the 
homestead  during  his  lifetime,  promising  him  his  house  and  barn  and  all  his  land 
about  home  if  Benjamin  would  do  so.  This  property  consisted  of  about  17  acres, 
bounded  by  land  of  John  Sherman  William  Bond  and  Martin  Underwood,  which 
promise  John  confirmed  by  deed  April  5,  1670.  Benjamin  and  Jane,  March  9,  1671, 
with  the  consent  of  their  father  (John),  sold  to  his  brother  Joshua  for  ^40  his  right  in 
his  father's  estate  ("  the  Mansion  house  of  John  Whitney  ")  obtained  as  above  stated. 
As  will  be  seen  by  this  Benjamin  did  not  then  return  to  Watertown,  but  continued  to 
reside  in  York. 

In  1685  Benjamin  and  Jane  Whitney,  of  York,  sell  to  Jonathan  Saywood  for  ^10 
and  14s.  "a  certain  tract  and  parcel  of  land  which  I  have  improved,  possessed  and 
havebuilded  a  small  tenant  upon  planted  and  lived  upon  these  several  years,"  which 
was  granted  by  the  town  of  York  in  1680,  and  ten  other  acres  granted  by  the  town  of 
York  in  1674,  as  stated  above.  It  is  probable  that  his  wife  died  about  this  time  and 
soon  after,  leaving  his  young  children  with  relatives  of  his  wife,  he  returned  to 
Watertown  and  soon  located  in  Sherborn,  near  the  Natick  town  line.  He  married 
his  second  wife  in  Marlboro  in  1695  and  lived  on  land  belonging  to  Harvard  College, 
which  he  leased  of  Gov.  Danforth.  In  1718  he  received  a  legacy  of  10s.  per  annum 
from  his  nephew.  Benjamin,  son  of  his  brother  Jonathan.  He  d.  in  1728.;  res.  York 
" '    ,  and  Sherborn,  Mass. 

Jane,  b.  Watertown,  Sept.  29,  1669;  m.  at  Sherborn,  Jan.  4,  1693, 
Jonathan  Morse,  b.  July  11,  1667. 

Timothy,  b.  in  York,  Me.  In  1703  he  was  a  member  of  the  com- 
pany in  York  raised  for  the  defense  against  the  Indians,  com- 
manded by  Capt.  Preble. 

John,  b.  in  York  abt.  1678;  m.  Letty  Ford. 

Nathaniel,  b.  York,  Apr.  14,  1680;  m.  Sarah  Ford. 

Jonathan,  b.  in  1681;  m.  Susanna  Whitney. 

Benjamin,  b. ;  m.  Mrs.  Esther  Maverick. 

Joshua,  b.  Sept,  21,  1687;  m.  Hannah  Rockwood. 

Mark,  b.  abt.  1700;  m.  Tabitha  Mellen. 

Isaac,  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth  Bridges. 

11.  John  Whitney  (John,  John),  b.  Watertown  Sept.  17,  1643;  m.  in  1669  Eliza- 
beth Harris,  b.  Nov.  9,  1644;  dau.  of  Robert.  She  owned  the  Covenant  at  Roxbury, 
Mar.  30,  1671. 

John  Whitney  wastmade  freeman  in  May,  1684.  The  name  of  John  Whitney 
appears  in  the  list  of  members  of  the  Second  church  in  Roxbury  when  gathered  by 
"  ye  Rev.  Nehemiah  Walter,  Nov.  2,  1712,"  and  doubtless  he  had  previously  been  a 
member  of  the  first  church  in  Roxbury.  His  houselot,  containing  nine  acres,  was 
situated  in  that  part  of  Roxbury  called  Jamaica  Plain,  and  lying  on  the  right  as  you 
pass  up  Pond  street  to  the  south  part  of  Brookline,  which  town  was  called  Muddy 
River  until  the  year  1705. 

He  was  a  soldier  in  King  Philip's  war  in  1676  from  Roxbury,  and  owned  Cov- 
enant at  Roxbury  in  Feb.,  1684. 

"Next  to  Gov.  Bernard's  estate,  on  the  right  as  you  go  up  Pond  street  in  Rox- 
bury, was  the  Whitney  estate  of  nine  acres.  A  handsome  stone  mansion  of  the 
Elizabethan  style,  the  residence  of  Mrs.  Abel  Adams,  stands  on  the  elevated  plain 
at  the  rear  of  the  lot.  The  Whitney  house,  which  stood  about  a  quarter  of  a  mile 
this  side  of  the  Brookline  line,  disappeared  about  a  century  ago,  and  on  the  removal 
of  the  family  the  property  was  purchased  by  the  Childs  family,  whose  premises  it 
joined.  In  the  rear  of  the  spot  where  the  old  house  stood  the  ground  slopes  grad- 
ually downward  for  several  rods  to  a  narrow  strip  of  meadow,  through  which  runs  a 
pleasant  little  brook.  Beyond  the  meadow  the  ground  rises  abruptly  to  an  eleva- 
tion many  feet  higher  than  the  front  of  the  lot,  and  still  rises  gradually,  forming  a 
slope  of  considerable  dimensions,  and  extending  westerly  to  Brookline.  West  of 
the  brook  is  a  fine  grove  of  forest  trees.  The  name  of  John,  the  grandson  of  John 
Whitney,  the  first  settler,  appears  in  the  list  of  members  of  the  Second  Church  when 
gathered  in  1712."    [Hist,  of  Roxbury] 

and  Cocheco,  Me, 





















He  was  a  tailor  by  trade.     His  will   was  made  in  Sept.,  1718;  proved  Mar.  13, 
1726-7;  mentions  his  wife  Elizabeth. 

He  d.  Mch  4,  1726;  res.  Roxbury,  Mass. 

Daniel,  b.  Dec.  3,  165^1;  m.  Susanna  Curtis. 
Timothy,  b.  Apr.  16,  1678;  m.  Margaret  Bacon. 
Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  9,  1670;  bap.  1671;  O.  C.Apr.  1685;  d.  bef. 
1726;  will  names  "her  heirs." 
75. ,  iv.        Ruth,  bap.  Aug.  31,  1674;  m.  Apr.  22,  1701,  Joseph  Adams,  son  of 
Roger  and  Mary  Adams.     They  res.  in  Brookline,  where  she  d. 
Nov.  19,  1762,  ae.  88. 

76.  V.         Sarah,  bap.  Aug.  2,  1684;  d.  July  4,  1689. 

77.  vi.        John,  b.  Apr.  1,  1672;  d.  young,  not  named  in  father's  will. 

13.     Nathaniel  Whitney  (John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Feb.  1.  1646;  m.  Mar.  12, 
1673;  Sarah  Hagar,  b.  Sept.  3,  1651;  d.  May  7,  1746,  in  Weston. 



ABOUT  five  years  ago  I  rode  from  Cambridge  to  Weston  in  search  of  any  relics 
I  could  find  there  of  the  Whitneys,  as  I  knew  that  my  grandfather,  Phineas, 
was  born  in  Weston. 
I  found  there  the  farm,  which  had  been  owned  by  them  through  several  genera- 
tions down  to  about  ten  years  previous  to  the  time  of  my  visit.  It  is  not  an  especially 
attractive  farm,  although  there  are  some  beautiful  prospects  to  be  had  from  it  and 
the  surrounding  country.  I  should  suppose  it  to  be  a  good  grazing  farm.  Some  old 
apple  trees  still  remain.  It  is  about  a  mile  and  a  half  from  the  centre  village  of 
Weston,  on  the  road  to  Lexington.  On  the  side  hill,  and  a  few  rods  from  the  road,  is 
an  old  cellar  and  an  old  well,  which  mark  the  sight  of  the  first  Whitney  house,  built, 
probably,  by  Nathaniel,  grandson  of  John.  Nearer  the  road  is  a  more  modern  house, 
built  by  one  of  the  Whitney  owners,  and  afterwards  enlarged  to  accommodate  his 
son.  On  this  farm,  and,  I  think,  in  the  more  modern  house,  was  born  William 
Whitney,  who  went  to  Winchendon  in  1769,  carrying  with  him  his  sons  William  and 
Phineas,  both  born  in  Weston.  By  the  roadside  near  the  house  stands  a  mammoth 
elm,  which  has  sprung  from  a  seedling  set  out  by,  I  think,  the  mother  of  William 
Whitney,  about  125  years  ago.  It  still  stands,  sound  and  stalwart,  and  bids  fair  to  do 
so  for  many  years  to  come.  On  the  opposite  side  of  the  road  was  a  large  barn, 
heavily  built,  to  accommodate  the  agricultural  tendencies  which  the  Whitneys  seem 
to  have  carried  wherever  they  settled.  From  this  farm  went  the  Whitneys,  who  did 
not  find  room  at  home,  to  other  towns,  near  and  remote.  One,  Nathaniel,  went  to 
Westborough.  He  was  father  of  Eli,  the  inventor  of  the  cotton  gin,  and  one  of  the 
Whitney  ancestors  of  the  compiler  of  this  book.  Willian*  went  to  Winchendon. 
He  was  the  progenitor  of  the  numerous  Whitneys  of  that  town.  Phineas,  brother  of 
William,  went  to  Shirley,  and  from  him  sprang  a  numerous  family,  some  of  whom 
■went  to  Boston,  where  they  still  reside.  At  the  time  of  my  visit  the  farm  was  owned 
by  a  Captain  Lowe,  who  had  purchased  it  from  a  Whitney,  who  was  the  last  of  the 
name  to  own  it.  I  am  informed  that  Captain  Lowe  has  sold  it,  and  that  it  is  now 
owned  by  a  Dr.  Bradbury,  who  is  building  an  elegant  country  residence  over  the  old 
cellar  and  well  of  the  first  house  built  there  by  Nathaniel  a  generation  before  the 

He  d.  Jan.  7,  1732;  res.  Weston,  Mass. 

78.  i.  Nathaniel,  b.  Mar.  5,  1675;  m.  Mercy  Robinson. 

79.  ii.         Sarah,  b.  Feb.  12,  1678;  m.  Jan.  5,  1709,  Jonathan  Ball,  b.  Mar.  29, 

1680,  d.  1727.    Ch.:  Sarah,  b.  1710;  Jonathan;   Thankful,  bap. 

Jan.  7,  1728,  ae.  9;  Daniel,  bap.  Jan.  7,  1728,  ae.  7;  Jane,  bap. 

Jan.  7,  1728,  ae.  4;  Susanna,  b.  Apr.  6,  1726.    The  widow  m.  2d 

Charles  Chadwick,  Jr. 
William,  b.  May  6, 1683;  m.  Martha  Pierce. 
Samuel,  bap.  July  17,  1687;  m.  Ann  Laboree. 

Hannah,  bap.  Mar.  1688;  m. Billings. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Dec.  15,  1692.   Did  she  m.  Joseph  Harrington? 
Grace,  b.  1700;  d.  Mar.  23,  1719. 
Mercy,  b. ;  m. Greaves. 


























14.  Samuel  Whitney  (John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  July  23,  1648;  m.  Feb.  16, 
1683,  Mary  Bemis,  b.  Sept.  10,  1644;  d.  bef.  1730. 

He  was  a  soldier  from  Watertown  or  Groton  in  the  war  with  King  Philip  in  1676. 
He  was  paid  4s.  4d.  in  Boston  in  1675  for  services.     His  will  is  dated  Feb.  12,  1730. 

He  d.  in  1730;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

86.  i.  Mary,  b.  Sept.  30,  1689;  m.  June  7,  1711,  John  Fiske,  Jr.,  b.  May 

15.  1687.  She  d.  Feb.  27,  1726.  He  d.  in  Worcester,  Mass., 
Nov.  1756,  a  short  time  before  his  second  wife's  death.  Ch.: 
Mary,  b.  Dec.  28,  1711;  m.  Nov.  25,  1735,  Samuel  Hagar;  Abi- 
gail, b.  Nov.  11,  1714;  m.  June  5,  1734,  Stephen  Sawin;  John,  b. 
tune  10,  1716;  Sarah,  b.  May  14,  1718;  Jonathan,  b.  June  27, 
1729;  d.  Jan  8,  1781;  David,  b.  June  16,  1734;  d.  Nov.  23,  1771. 

16.  Joseph  Whitney  (John,  John),  b.  Watertown  Jan.  15,  1651;  m.  Jan.  24,  1674, 
Martha  Beach,  dau.  of  Richard  and  Martha,  b.  Mar.  10,  16-50. 

He  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  in  Dec.  1677.  Bought  land  in  Weston  in  1699,  admr. 
of  his  estate  granted  to  wid. 'Martha,  Nov.  13,  1702,  Isaac  Beech  app.  guardian  of 
Benjamin,  and  of  Mary  and  Sarah. 

He  d.  Nov.  4,  1702;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

87.  i.  Joseph,  b.  Aug.  15,  1675;  m.  Apr.  10,  1701,  Hepzibah  Flagg,  dau. 

of  Thomas  and  Rebecca  (Dix).  Thev  res.  in  Watertown  and 
Weston.  He  made  his  will  Jan.  7,  1736-7.  Lodged  July  15,  1737; 
proved  and  allowed  Aug.  1,  1737;  at  this  time  his  widow  only 
was  surviving,  s.  p. 

Martha,  b.  Dec.  20,  1677;  d.  Oct.  30,  1702. 

John,  b.  July  29,  1680;  m.  Sarah  Cutting. 

Isaac,  b.  Mar.  10,  1681;  d.  Mar.  20,  1681. 

Isaac,  b.  Feb.  4,  1682;  d.  Nov.  1,  1702. 

Benjamin,  b.  Jan.  30,  1684;  m.  Elizabeth  Fiske. 

MARY.b.  Apr.  21,  1694;  m.  July  13,  1715,  John  Knapp,  Jr.,  of  New- 
ton,b.  Dec.  11, 1688;d.  1730.  Ch.:  David,  Josiah,  Isaac,  Bathsheba, 
Martha  and  Lydia. 

94.  viii.      Sarah,  b.  1694;  bap.  June  20,  1697. 

20.     Benjamin  Whitney  (John,  John)  b.  Watertown,  June,  28,  1660;  m.  Mar.  30, 

1687,  Abigail  Hagar,  dau.  of  William  and  Mary  (Bemis);  m.  2nd  Elizabeth . 

He  d.  1736;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

95.  i.  Abigail,  b.  Mar.  3,  1688;  m.  Mar.  18,  1717,  Richard  Sawtel;  bap. 

Apr.  21,  1689.  Ch.:  John,  b.  and  d.  1717;  Abigail,  b.  Apr.  12,1719; 
m.  May  12,  1743,  Benjamin  Hastings. 

96.  ii.         BenjamIn,  bap.  July  10,  1698;  m.  Rebecca . 

97.  iii.       Ruth,  bap.  July  10,  1698;  m.  July  7,  1715,  John  Bond,  bap.  Nov.  23, 

1690.  He  was  dismissed  from  Watertown  to  the  church  at  Wor- 
cester in  1752,  whither  he  had  moved  several  years  before,  and 
where  his  wife,  Ruth,  d.  Apr.  1,  1748.      Ch.:    Benjamin,  b.  Apr. 

16,  1716;  Ruth,  b.  Mar.  28,  1718;  m.  Aug.  8,  1750,  Samuel  Ken- 
dall; Bethia,  b.  Mar.  23,  1719;  m.  Apr.  13,  1747,  Enoch  Sawtel; 
Abigail,  b.  Apr.  9,  1722;  m.  Dec.  17,  1747,  Josiah  Holden;  John, 
b.  Mar.  16,  1724;  m.  Nov.  21,  1751,  Silence  King;  Mary,  b.  Feb. 
1,  1726;  m.  Nov.  21,*1751,  Daniel  Bigelow;  Josiah,  b.  June  22, 
1728;  d.  Oct.  12,  1743;  Sarah,  b.  Mar.  10,1730;  Susanna,  b.  Oct. 
24,  1732;  Elizabeth,  b.  Apr.  30,  1737;  m.  Oct.  21,  1761,  Andrew 
Patterson,  of  Sudbury,  and  res.  Petersham. 

98.  iv.       John,  b.  June  15,  1694;    m.  Susan ,  Bethia  Cutter  and  Mrs. 

Beriah  (Bemis)  (Child)  Pierce. 

99.  V.        David,  b.  June  16,  1697;  m.  Rebecca  Fillebrown. 
100.^   vi.       Daniel,  b.  July  17,  1700;  m.  Dorothy  Tainter. 

22.  Moses  Whitney  (Richard,  John),  b.  Concord,  Mass.,  Aug.  1, 16.55;  m.  Sept. 
30,  1686,  Sarah  Knight,  of  Stow.  She  d.  ^Iar.  23,  1755.  Moses  Whitney  served  as  a 
soldier  in  King  Philip's  war  in  1676.  The  following  year  he  "  was  released,"  whether 
from  duty  or  as  a  prisoner  I  am  not  able  to  learn.  He  had  land  granted  him  at  Stow, 
Apr.  8,  1681.  June  4,  1708,  he  purchased  30  acres  of  land,  swamp  and  meadow,  of 
Richard  Burck,  of  Sudbury,  which  had  been  granted  him  by  the  town  of  Stow.  In 
1692  he  sold  4j4  acres  of  meadow  and  10  acres  of  upland  in  Sudbury,  as  per  deed  to 
Benj.  Whittemore.     He  d. ;  res.  Sudbury  and  Stow,  Mass. 


101.  i.  Sarah,  b.  July  2, 1687. 

102.  ii.  Moses,  b.  in  1690;  m.  Elizabeth and  Sarah  Gary. 

103.  iii.  Abraham,  b.  May  29,  1692;   m.  Mary  Stone  and  Elizabeth . 

104.  iv.  Jonas,  b.  Feb.  1,  1699;  m.  Dorcas  Wood  and  Margaret  Stratton. 

105.  V.  Jason,  b.  in  1704;  m.  Arabella . 

106.  vi.  Lemuel,  "youngest  son,"  b.  Aug.  1,  1714;  m.  Sibel . 

107.  vii.  John,  b. ;  m.  Rebecca  Whitney. 

108.  viii.  Ephraim,  b. ;  d.  May  4,  1723. 

26.  Richard  Whitney  (Richard,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Mass.,  Jan.  13,  1660; 
m.  Elizabeth  Sawtell,  b.  Feb.  3,  1668;  d.  Nov.  24,  1723;  dau.  of  Jonathan  of  Groton. 

He  had  land  granted  him  in  Stow,  Oct.  24,  1682. 

Bond  says  in  his  History  of  Watertown  that  Elizabeth  Sawtell  was  b.  Feb.  3, 
1668;  m.  Aug.  25,  1691,  Joseph  Morse;  he  d.  Jan.  24,  1709,  and  she  m.  2d,  Feb.  10, 
1713,  Benjarnin  Nurse,  Sr.,  of  Framingham. 

In  the  library  of  the  New  England  Historical  and  Genealogical  Society,  at  18 
Somerset  street,  Boston,  there  is  a  copy  of  Henry  Austin  Whitney's  work  relative 
to  the  descendants  of  John  and  Elinor  Whitney,  presented  to  the  society  by  him, 
containing  annotations  made  in  his  own  hand.  Among  others,  one  to  the  effect  that 
Richard  Whitney,  of  Stow,  married  Elizabeth  Sawtell,  daughter  of  Jonathan  Sawtell, 
of  Groton.  He  cites  as  authority  a  certain  conveyance  recorded  in  volume  13,  page 
197  of  Middlesex  Conveyances,  Oct.  8,  1698. 

His  will,  dated  Dec.  22,  1723,  mentions  son  Richard  executor,  son  Jonathan 
executor,  son  Joshua,  daughters  Hannah  Farr,  Elizabeth  Wetherby,  Sarah,  Ruhamah 
and  Hepzibah. 

He  d.  Dec.  15,  1723;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

109.  i.  Richard,  b. ;  m.  Hannah  Whitcomb  and  Hannah  Ayres. 

110.  ii.         Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  26,  1699;  m.  .\lice  Willard. 

111.  iii.       Joshua,  b.  in  1706;  m.  Zerviah . 

112.  iv.        Hannah,  b. ;  m.  Samuel  Farr. 

113.  V.         Elizabeth,  b. — ;  m.  Dec.  29,  1722,  John  Wetherby. 

114.  vi.        Sarah,  b.  in  1703;  m.  1723,  Capt.  Hezekiah  Hapgood.    They  res. 

in  Stow,  Mass.  He  was  a  prominent  citizen;  tythingman  in 
1726,  selectman  1741-2  and  53.  Was  captain  in  the  French  and 
Indian  wars.  Ch.:  Ephraim,  b.  1725;  Jonathan,  colonel,  m.  Ruth 
Wolcott  and  Mrs.  Sarah  Whitney,  whom  he  m.  Oct.  5,  1785; 
Capt.  Hezekiah's  will  was  proved  July  19,  1768. 

115.  vii.       Ruhamah,  b.  in  1705. 

116.  viii.      Hepzibah,  b.  in  1710;  m.  Oct.  12,  1732,   Seth  Sawyer,  of  Lan- 

caster. He  was  bap.  in  Lancaster,  Oct.  31,  1708;  son  of  Caleb; 
m.  first  Jan.  11,  1726-7,  Dinah  Farrar.  She  d.  Oct.  25,  1727.  ae. 
23.  He  then  m.  Hepzibah,  of  Harvard;  was  united  by  Rev. 
John  Prentice. 

28.  Ebenezer  Whitney  (Richard,  John),  b.  Concord,  Mass.,  June  30,  1672,  m. 

Anna .     She  m.  after  his  death  at  Pomfret,  Conn.,  John  Cumins,  and  d.  May 

15,  1758. 

He  d.  Aug.  5,  1727.     Res.  Stow,  Mass.,  and  Pomfret,  Conn. 

117.  i.  Zachariah,  b. ;  m.  Ruth  Taylor. 

118.  ii.         Ezekiel,  b. ;  m.  Itabell  Taylor  and  Sarah  Farrah 

119.  iii.       Esther,  b. ;  m.  Jan.  18,  1726,  William  Bigginton,  res.  Pom- 

fret, Conn.     She  d.  Oct.  19.  1727. 

29.  Thomas  Whitney  (Thomas,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Aug.  24,  1656;  m.  Jan.  29, 
1679,  Elizabeth  Lawrence,  b.  Feb.  30,  1659;  d.  in  Bolton  Feb.  8,  1741. 

He  resided  in  Watertown,  Stow  and  Lancaster,  in  that  part  incorporated  later  as 
Bolton.  He  bought  UK  acres  in  Cambridge  of  A.  Rowse,  Mar.  10, 1679.  Witness 
Geo.  Laurence,  his  father-in-law.  In  Feb.  1681,  Geo.  and  Elizabeth  Laurence  gave 
to  son  and  dau.,  Thomas  and  Elizabeth  Whitney,  land  by  deed.  Feb.  24,  1682,  he 
bought  60  acres  at  Pompascitticut,  now  Stow,  where  his  first  five  children  were  born, 
as  by  the  county  returns  in  the  clerk's  office  in  E.  Cambridge.  In  1719  he  bought  for 
;£300  52  acres  in  Lancaster.  Feb.  26,  1721,  he  deeded  one  half  this  purchase,  with 
buildings  (the  homestead)  to  his  son  John,  of  "  Stow  and  now  designed  to  remove  to 
Lancaster,"  partly  by  gift  and  partly  by  sale,  and  in  this  document  mentions  all  his 
children,  except  Thomas,  to  whom  he  had  made  a  gift  of  21  acres  in  Stow  Nov.  6, 
1711,  and  Benjamin,  who  had  also  probably  received  a  gift  from  his  father.     He  was 


a  soldier  in  1676  in   King  Philip's  war,  and   was  in  the  garrison  at  Lancaster  Oct. 
19,  1675. 

He  d.  Apr.  12,  1742;  res.  Watertown,  Stow,  Lancaster  and  Bolton,  Mass. 

120.  i.         Thomas,  b.  Sept.  17,  1681;  m.  Mary  Baker. 

121.  ii.        Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  16,  1682. 

122.  iii.       John,  b.  May  13, 16«4;  m.  Elizabeth  Barnard. 

123.  iv.       Mary,  b.  Jan.  13,  1685. 

124.  V.        Benjamin,  b.  Oct.  7,  1687;  m.  Sarah  Barrett  and  Abigail  Bridge. 

125.  vi.       Nathan,  b.  Nov.  18,  1689;  m.  Mary  Holman. 

126.  vii.      Susanna,  b. ;  named  in  her  father's  will. 

127.  viii.    Abigail,  b. ;  m.  in  Lancaster  Feb.  27,  1723,  Jonathan  Rand, 

of  Stow. 

32.  Eleazer  Whitney  (Thomas,  John),  b.  "Watertown  Apr.  7,  1662,  m.  Apr.  11, 
1687,  Dorothy  Ross,  of  Sudbury,  dau.  of  James;  d.  June  22,  1731.  A  testamentary  deed 
is  recorded  Sept.  30,  1728.  He  was  a  wheelwright  and  res.  in  Sudbury  in  1692.  His 
children  were  baptized  in  the  Second  church  ih  Watertown  by  Rev.  Angier.  He  d, 
;  res.  Sudbury  and  Watertown,  Mass. 

128.  i.  Sarah,  b.  in  S.  May  29,  1688.     Did  she  m.  Jonathan  Ball  instead 

of  Sarah,  dau.  of  Nath'l? 

129.  ii.         Eleazer,  b.  Mar.  5,  1690;  d.  young. 

130.  iii.        Ja.mes,  b.  Feb.  12,  1697;  d.  Nov.  20,  1697,  in  Watertown. 

131.  iv.        Thomas,  bap.  Jan.  28,  1699;  m.  Hannah  Smith. 

132.  V.         James,  bap.  Jan  28,  1699;  d.  young. 

133.  vi.        Mary,  b.  Nov.  20,  1697;  m.  Oct.  26,  1716,  Abraham  Chamberlin,  of 


134.  vii.      Dorothy,  b.  Apr.  24,  1700. 

135.  viii.      Eleazer,  bap.  Apr.  15,  1702;  m.  Mary  Grow. 

136.  ix.        Elnathan,  b.  May  5,  1705;  m.  Sarah  Perry. 

137.  X.         James,  bap.  June  1,  1708;  m.  Mercv  Flagg. 

138.  xi.        Jonas,  b.  1709,  bap  July  14,  1723;  m.  Sarah  Perry. 

38.  Isaiah  Whitney  (Thomas,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Sept.  16,  1671;  m.  Mrs. 
Sarah  (Woodward)  Eddv,  dau.  of  George  Woodward,  and  wid.  of  Jonathan  Eddv. 
She  was  b.  Oct.  3, 1675.  'She  m.  July  6,  1693,  John  Eddy,  b.  Feb.  16, 1636;  res.  Wate'r- 
town,  selectman  1671.  He  d.  1694,  and  admr.  granted  to  wid.  Sarah  Oct.  22,  1694. 
She  prob.  m.  Isaiah  Whitney  in  1695.  They  owned  the  Covenant  at  Lexington  in 
1696,  when  one  of  their  children,  probably  the  first,  was  baptized. 

The  witnesses  to  his  will  were  Samuel  Whittemore,  John  Mason,  Eliza  and 
Martha  Foxcraft. 

A  true  Inventory  of  all  &  singular  yt  goods  chatteles  &  credits  of  Isaiah  Whitney 
of  Cambridge  in  New  England  Husbandman  Late  Dec'd:  Priczed  on  the  tenth  day 
of  January  17  11  12  by  those  whose  names  are  underwriten  as  followeth: 

Imps.,  His.: 

Item,  wearing  aparrill .' 02         16  00 

Item,  his  books 00        05  00 

Item,  one  bed  with  beding  in  yt  chamber 05        00  00 

Item,  his  table  lining 00        11  00 

Item,  to  2  chests  &  2  boxes 00        10  00 

Item,  to  2  beds  with  beding  in  ye  lower  rooms 04        00  00 

Item,  the  pewter 01        00  00 

Item,  the  brass 00        04  00 

Item,  one  iron  pot  &  kettle  with  severall  small  things 00        14  00 

Item,  to  lumber 01         00  00 

Item,  earthen  ware  &  glasses 00        01  00 

Item,  armes  &  amunition 00        09  00 

Item,  to  utensols  for  husbandry 01         19  00 

Item,  to  boards  not  yet  improved 00        12  00 

Item,  to  stock  of  chatties  &  swine 21        00  00 

Sum  39  19  00 

Item,  the  house  and  lands 40  00  00 

Estate  in  debt: 

Impri :  to  money  due  by  bond 24  00  06 

Item,  to  money  due  by  bond 05  06  00 

Item,  to  money  due  by  bond 09  15  00 



Item,  to  money  due  for  a  pair  of  oxen . . . 

Item,  to  f unerall  charges 

Item,  to  money  due  to  ye  publick  taxes. 


00  00 


00  00 


11  03 

Sum    47        12  07 
Beside  Docklers  and  other  small  debts  yt  do  not  yet  thuoreghly  known. 

Ffrances  Bowman. 
Samuel  Whiemore. 
John  Majon. 

Exhibited  &  sworn  to  by  Sarah  Whitney  admitted  adm.  to  her  late  husband 
Isaiah  Whitney  aboved  deed  intestate  as  a  full  inventory  of  his  estate  that  she 
knows  of  Camb  25  June  17  11-12. 

He  d.  Jan,  7,  1712;  res.  Lexington,  and  Cambridge,  Mass. 












John,  b. 

Isaiah,  b.  June  1,  1700;  m.  Elizabeth  Whitney. 

John,  b.  in  Camb.  Dec.  6,  1698. 

Nathaniel,  b. . 

Elijah,  b.  Aug.  2,  1707;  m.  Rebecca  Winship. 

Sarah,  bap.  July  22, 1703;  m.  Aug.  2, 1720,  Andrew  Parker,  b.  Feb. 
4,1693,d.Apr.  8, 1776;  res.  Lex.  Shed.  Dec.  18, 1774.  Ch.:  Sarah, 
b.  Feb.  9,  1721;   m.  Jabez  Kendall;    Jonas,  b.  Feb.6,  1722;  m. 

Lucy .     He  was  a  member  of  the  company  of  Lexington 

Minute  Men,  commanded  by  Capt.  John  Parker,  that  partici- 
pated in  the  battle  of  Lexmgton  and  "fired  the  shot  heard 
round  the  world."  "  History,  Roman  history,"  says  Everett, 
"does  not  furnish  an  example  of  bravery  that  outshines  that  of 
Jonas  Parker.  A  truer  heart  did  not  bleed  at  Thermopylae. 
He  was  next-door  neighbor  of  Rev.  Mr.  Clark's,  and  had  evi- 
dently imbibed  a  double  portion  of  his  lofty  spirit.  Parker  was 
often  heard  to  say  that  be  the  consequences  what  they  might, 
and  let  others  do  as  they  pleased,  he  would  never  run  from  the 
enemy.  He  was  as  good  as  his  word — better.  Having  loaded 
his  musket,  he  placed  his  hat,  containing  his  ammunition,  on 
the  ground  between  his  feet  in  readiness  for  the  second  charge. 
At  the  second  fire  from  the  enemy  he  was  wounded  and  sunk 
upon  his  knees,  and  in  this  condition  discharged  his  gun.  While 
loading  it  again  upon  his  knees,  and  striving  in  the  agonies  of 
death  to  redeem  his  pledge,  he  was  transfixed  by  a  bayonet,  and 
thus  died  on  the  spot  where  he  first  stood  and  fell."  [Address  by 
Hon.  Edward  Everett.] 

Amos,  b.  July  27,  1723;  m.  Anna ;  Elizabeth,  bap. 

■  Aug.  22,  1725;  d.  young;  Thomas,  bap.  Dec.  24,  1727;  m.  Jane 
Parrott;  Abigail,  bap.  July  27,  1729;  Lucy,  bap.  Apr,  4,  1731;  m. 
Joshua  Mead;  Elizabeth,  bap.  June  22,  1735;  Andrew,  bap.  Apr. 
16,  1738;  m.  Abigail  Jennison;  Kezia,  bap.  June  1,  1740;  m. 
Joseph  Wyman;  Ebenezer,  bap.  Feb.  28,  174i;  d.  1743;  Mary, 
bap.  Oct.  21,  1744. 

Jonas,  b.  Nov.  27,  1711;  m. . 

Abraham,  bap.  Feb.  19,  1710;  m.  Sarah  Whitney. 

Mary,  bap.  May  4,  1696;  m.  Oct.  31,  1731,  Benjamin,  son  of  Benja- 
min and  Elizabeth  (Sweetman)  Wellington,  who  was  born  June 
21,  1676,  and  d.  Nov.  15,  1738.  Ch.:  Mary,  b.  Oct.  20,  1732;  d. 
Apr.  12,  1806;  Oliver,  b.  1735. 

Mary  Wellington,  dau.  of  Benj.  and  Mary  (Whitney)  Welling- 
ton; m.  1st  Jan.  10, 1751,  to  James  Lane,  of  Bedford,  son  of  James 
and  Martha  (Minot)  Lane.  He  was  b.  Mar.  4  (or  8),  1725  (or  6), 
and  d.  suddenly  Jan.  4  (or  24),  1799.  His  widow  m.  2d  Capt. 
John  Moore,  of  Bedford.  Ch.:  Oliver  Wellington;  James,  b. 
Mar.  10,  1754;  m.  June  6, 1805,  Molly  Pollard;  Solomon,  b.  Aug. 
7,  1756;  m.  Sarah  Stearns;  David,  b.  Mar.  11,  1758;  m.  1st  Molly 
Lane;  m.  2d  Phcebe  Lane;  Isaac,  b.  May  13,  1766;  d.  May  24, 
1803,  without  issue.  Oliver  Wellington  Lane,  son  of  James  and 
Mary  (Wellington)  Lane,  b.  Oct.  27,  1751.  Graduated  Harvard 
College  1772;  M.  A.  1779.  Died  in  Boston  Nov.  3,  1793  Mar- 
ried Susannah  Newman.     He  was  the  most  famous  schoolmaster 


of  his  day  in  Boston.  Deacon  of  the  First  Universalist  church 
of  Boston.  Ch.:  James  Bowdoin,  b.  Aug.  4,  1785;  Augustus 
Frederick,  b.  May  12,  1787;  Thomas  Parker,  b.  July  1,  1789; 
Mary  Wellington,  Susannah  Newman,  twins,  b.  Mar.  30,  1791; 
John  Murray,  b.  Apr.  29,  1793;  d.  June  20,  1794.  A  des.  is  Dr. 
Arthur  Whitney  Clark,  of  Lawrence,  Kas. 

41.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Jonathan,  John),  b.  Oct.  20,  1658;  m.  Sarah  Hapgood' 
b.  1667.  He  had  a  lot  and  built  a  house  near  Chestnut  Brook  in  Sherborn  about  1691" 
He,  however,  did  not  remain  long  in  Sherborn,  for  his  eldest  seven  children  were  born 
in  Watertown.  The  eighth  was  born  in  Sherborn.  He  afterward  went  to  Concord, 
where  he  died.  W^ill  dated  Mar.  14;  proved  Mar.  18,  1735.  He  served  in  King 
Philip's  war  in  1676.  He  d.  Mar.,  1735;  res.  Sherborn.  Watertown.  and  Concord, 

148.  i.         Jonathan,  b.  Sept.  27,  1694;  d.  young. 

149.  ii.         Sarah,  b.  Mar.  2,  1692;  m.  Nov.,  1712,  Jonathan  Warren,  b.  Apr. 

26,  1688;  d.  Apr.  10,  1732.  She  died  Apr.  10,  1752.  Res.  Water- 
town, Mass.  Ch.:  Tabitha,  b.  June  4,  1713;  Eunice,  b.  Aug.  19, 
1714;  m.  Nov.  16,  1731,  Judah  Clark,  of  Lexington;  Keziah,  b. 
Aug.  2,  1716;  m.  Nov.  23,  1733,  Jacob  Smith,  of  Shrewsbury; 
Sarah,  b.  Apr.  22,  1718;  m.  1740,  Joseph  Smith,  of  Shrewsbury 
and  Worcester;  Grace,  b.  Nov.  28,  1719;  Anna,  b.  Aug.  26,  1721; 

m. Cox;  Mary,  b.  Aug.  17,  1723;  m.  Jan.  17,  1753,  W'illiam 

Hagar;  Thankful,  b.  Apr.  4,  1725,  d.  Apr.  29,  1730;  Elizabeth, 
b.  Nov.  1,  1727;  m.  Oct.  9,  1750,  Josiah  Bemis;  Sabinet,  b.  Mar. 
14,  1728;  m.  Jan.  2,  1762,  Ichabod  Stanlev,  of  Weston;  Thankful, 
b.  May  23, 1730;  Abigail,  b.  July  19,  1732;  m.  Sept.  11,  1750,  Ben- 
jamin Hagar. 

150.  iii.        Tabitha,  b.  Aug.  22,  1696;  m.  Feb.  28, 1715,  Jacob  Fulham,  b.  Nov. 

19,  1693,  d.  May  8,  1725.  She  m.  2d  Apr.  19,  1726,  George  Park- 
hurst.     She  ni.  3d  Aug.  10,  1736,  Samuel  Hunt. 

Jacob  Fulham  was  a  serg.  in  Capt.  Lovewell's  company  and 
was  killed  in  "Lovewell's  Fight"  with  the  Lidians  at  Pigwacket 
(Fryesburg),  May  8,  1725.  "A  serg.  named  Fulham  and  an  In- 
dian distinguished  by  his  dress  and  activity  singled  out  each 
other  and  both  fell,  mutually  slain  by  their  antagonist's 
weapon."  [Worcester  Mag.  1:23]  Res.   Weston.  Ch.:  Francis,  b. 

Mar.  20,  1716;  m.  Susanna ;  Jacob,  b.  Dec.  22,  1718;  m.  1743, 

Hannah  Ware;  Tabitha,  b.  May  12,  1722;  m.  1742,  Ebenezer 
Allen;  Elisha,  b.  June  26,  1725  (posthumous);  m.  Jan.  21, 
1744,  Sarah  Hagar;  Tabitha's  2d  husband  b.  June  3,  1685;  d. 
Mar.  17,1734.  Ch.:  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  11,  1726;  m.  Nov.  4,  1746, 
Martha  Gamage,  res.  Watertown  and  Cambridge;  Jonathan,  b. 
Nov.  16;  1728,  m.  1750,  Anna  Allen,  of  Petersham;  William,  b. 
Apr.  11,  1731,  res.  Holliston;  George,  b.  Apr.  25,  1733, of  German 
Flats;  Tabitha,  b.  Tabitha's  3d  husband  was  Samuel  Hunt. 
They  sold  to  Thomas  Rand,  of  Weston,  the  right  of  the  widow's 
third  of  George  Parkhurst  estate  Nov.  14,  1753.     Hunt,  b.  Jan. 

11,  1709.     Ch.":  Mary.  b.  June  29,  1745,  m.  Barnard.     The 

wife  Tabitha  d.  bef.  1764,  for  Jan.  16  he  m.  Lydia  Willard. 

151.  iv.        Shadrach,  b.  Oct.  12,  1698;  m.  Mrs.  Prudence  Lawrence. 

152.  V.         Jonathan,  b.  Nov.  25,  1700;  res.  in  Lunenburg  in   1744;  supposed 

to  have  d.  1755. 

153.  vi.        Amos,  b.  May  1,  1705.     He  was  named  in  Shadrach's  will.     His 

estate  was  settled  about  1772;  will  dated  Aug.  28,  1769,  proved 
Feb.  22, 1771,  mentions  brother  Daniel,  Ebenezer  Cutler  and  wife, 
brother  and  sister  and  kinsman  Levi  of  Townsend.  He  prob- 
ably d.  unm.  in  Townsend. 

154.  vii.       Zaccheus,  b.  Nov.  16,  1707;  m.  Marv  Wheeler. 

155.  viii.     Anne,  b.  May  22,  1702;  m.  Mar.  3,  1723,  in  Concord,  Mass.,   Capt. 

Ebenezer  Cutler,  b.  July  24,  1700.  He  held  the  rank  of  captain, 
was  justice  of  the  peace  many  years.  Res.  Weston,  which  was 
set  off  to  Lincoln,  Apr.  19,  1754.  He  d.  in  Lincoln,  Jan.  17, 1777. 
She  d.  in  Lincoln,  Mass.,  Aug.  24,  1793.  Ch.:  Elisha,  b.  Apr.  30, 
1725;  m.  Anna and  Mrs.  Mary  Cutler;  Jonas,  b.  Oct.  16, 


1727;  m.  Jemima  Davis;  Anne,  b.  Mar.  6,  1729;  m.  Isaac  Jones. 
Mary,  b.  Dec.  23,  1732;  Sarah,  b.  Sept.  15,  1735;  m.  Samuel  Hill, 
res.  Mason,  N.  H.,  son  Ebenezer,  gr.  H.  C;  Mellicent,  b.  Mar. 
31,  1738;  m.  1762,  Capt.  Samuel  Baldwin,  Jr.,  res.  Riverdale.  in 
Northbridge,  Mass.;  Eliakin,  b.  July  10,  1745;  d.  Mar.  21,  1812. 

156.  ix.        Isaac,  b.  .     He  was  of  Concord,  a  glazier.     His  bro.  Shad- 

rach  admr.  on  his  estate  Feb.  4, 1754,  prob.  d.  unm.  At  the  death 
of  his  father  in  1735  he  was  given  lands  in  Sherborn.  He  was 
a  soldier  in  the  early  Indian  wars,  and  with  his  brother  Zaccheus 
was  left  bv  Capt.  John    Lovewell  in  the   fort  in  Ossipee  in  1725. 

157.  X.         Timothy,  b.  Feb.  20,  1709;  m.  Submit  Parker. 

158.  xi.        Daniel,  b.  1710;  m.  Thankful  Allen. 

43.  John  Whitney  (Jonathan,  John),  b.  June  27,  1662,  in  Watertown;  m.  there 
Apr.  10,  1688,  Marv  Hapgood,  dau.  of  Sheadrath,  of  Sherborn;  m.  2d,  1694,  Sarah 
Haven,  dau.  of  Richard,  b.  Lynn,  June  4,  1665,  d.  Apr.  23,  1718;  m.  .3d,  Nov.  10,  1718, 
Mrs.  Martha  (How)  Walker,  b.  1669,  d.  Nov.  14,  1721.  He  was  selectman  in  1714,  and 
for  three  years  constable,  1719;  tythingman  1719  and  1724;  was  admitted  to  the  church 
July  26,  1719;  was  a  fuller  by  trade.  His  inventory  bears  date  May  22,  1735,  and  his 
estate  was  valued  at  £61^-14-1.  He  d.  in  1735;  res.  Framingham,  Sherborn,  and 
Wrentham,  Mass. 

159.  i.  MARy,  b.  Mar.  27, 1689;  m.  Feb.  1,  1709,  Daniel  Moore,  b.  Apr.  18, 

1686;  res.  Sudbury.  Among  other  ch.  was  Israel,  b.  Sept.  18, 1724; 
m.  Susannah  Woodward. 

160.  ii.         James,  b.  Dec.  28,  1692;  m.  Martha  Rice  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth  (Hol- 

brook)  Twitchell. 

161.  iii.        Elizabeth,  b.  Jan.  21,  1690;  m.  Jonathan  Willard,  b.  at  Roxbury, 

June  27,  1693.  They  resided  at  various  places;  they  were  in  Sud- 
burv  1710  11,  Cambridge  1714-18,  Roxburv  1718-21,  Charlestown 
1722-24,  Worcester  1728-30.  She  d.  in  Worcester,  July  4,  1720. 
Ch.:  Mary,  b.  1715;  m.  Apr.  28,  1743,  Joseph  Rutter;  Abigail, 
b.  Sept.  18,  1716;  m.  James  Mann,  of  Naiick;  Daniel,  b.  1718; 
m.  Rachel  Wheelock  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth  (Manningi  Bailey; 
Jonathan,  b.  1720;  m.  Sarah  Childs  and  Mrs.  Stark;  John,  b.  1720; 
m.  Elizabeth  Elder;  Josiah,  b.  Oct.  16,  1722;  Benjamin,  b.  1725; 
m.  Marv  Rice. 

162.  iv.        LVDIA,  b.'Apr.  18,  1695;  m.  Feb.  4,  1713,  Richard  Haven,  b.  Jan.  8, 

1692,  m  Framingham;  he  d.  at  Athol,  Aug.  3,  1770.  They  were 
admitted  to  the  church  there  May  12, 1717.  Ch.:  Lydia,b.  Feb.  10, 
1714;  m.  Seth  Bullard;  Hannah,  b.  June  10,  1716;  m.  Isaac  Fisk; 
Marv,  b.  June  5, 1718;  m.  John  Hill ;  Sarah,  b.  June  5, 1718,  d.  July 
10,  1718;  Sarah,  b.  Sept.  11,  1719;  m.  Isaac  Hill;  Richard,  b.  Dec. 
12,  1722;  Elizabeth,  b.  May  24,  1724;  m.  Ebenezer  Bullard; 
Dea.  John,  b.  May  7,  1726;  m.  Mar.  27,  1746,  Susannah  Drury; 
he  was  dea.  of  Athol  church;  she  was  b.  Feb.  2,  1722;  Rebecca, 
b.  Mar.  25,  1728,  d.  Jan.  10,  1729;  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  1,  1730;  Jona- 
than, b.  Mav  3,  1732,  res.  Athol;  Simon,  b.  Mar.  5,  1734;  Elias, 
b.  Feb.  19,  1735,  d.  July  2,  1735;  Simon,  res.  Athol. 

163.  v.        Hannah,  b.  Sept.  27,  1697;  m.  Jan.  23,  1722,  Ezekiel  Rice,  b.  Oct. 

14,  1700.  She  d.  bef.  1753.  Res.  Natick  and  Sherborn.  Ch.: 
Ezekiel,  b.  Oct.  29,  1723;  m.  Hannah  Edmands;  John,  b.  Apr.  9, 
1725;  from  Apr.  26  to  Nov.  6, 1757,  in  Smith's  company — marked 
"Deceased;"  James,  b.  July  13,  1726;  m.  Marv  Stearns;  Han- 
nah, b.  Oct.  15,  1727;  m.  Thos.  Kendall;  Daniel,  b.  Aug.  10, 
1729:  d.  unm.;  Richard,  b.  Oct.  20,  1730;  m.  Jan.  16,  17.55,  Sarah 
Drury.  She  was  b.  Dec.  8,  1734.  He  d.  Natick,  Jan.  24, 1793,  and 
she  went  to  Union,  Me.;  Martha,  b.  Aug.  8,  1732;  Uriah,  b. 
■ ;  m.  Rachel ;  Moses,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Spar- 

44.  Josiah  Whitney  (Jonathan,  John),  b.  May  19,1664;  m.  Abigail ;  m. 

2d,  Mary .     With  his  wife  Mary  he  settled  in  Wrentham  in  1701.     Inventory  of 

his  estate  was  made  Jan.  15,  1717.     He  d.  in  1717;  res.  Groton    and  Wrentham,  Mass. 

164.  i.         Marv,  b.  Mar.  5,  1696. 

165.  ii.       Josiah,  b.  1698;  m.  Elizabeth  Grant,  Mehitable  Fuller,  and  Lydia 



16G.    iii.      Jonathan,  b.  1704;  m. 













51.     Dea.  J 

Mary  — 

167.  iv.  Abigail,  b.  1709;  m.  Sept.  20,  1729,  Preserved  Hall  of  Wren- 
tham.  At  the  time  of  her  father's  death  in  1717,  Benjamin  Whit- 
ney was  appointed  her  guardian. 

48.  Joseph  Whitney  (Jonathan,  John),  b.  prob.  Watertown  or  Sherborn,  Mar. 
10,  1672;  m.  May  26,  1706,  Rebecca  Burge,  of  Charlestown.  At  the  time  of  marriage 
both  were  of  Chelmsford.  In  1740  he  resided  in  Chelmsford;  for  that  year  he  deeded 
property  in  Pepperell  to  his  son  Joseph,  which  for  over  100  years  remained  in  the 
family.  He  was  born  in  W'atertown  and  married  his  wife  in  Charlestown.  The 
records  say  both  were  of  Chelmsford  at  the  time  of  the  marriage.  Res.  Chelmsford, 
Mass.,  and  Sherborn,  Mass. 

Jonas,  b.  June  7,  1708. 

Joseph,  b.  in  1710;  m.  Abigail  Nutting. 

Sylvanus,  b.  in  1712. 

James,  b.  in  1714;  m.  Ellenor . 

Ephraim,  b.  in  1716. 
Abigail,  b.  Mar.  5,  1707. 
Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.,   June  14,   1666; 
m.  Mary ;  b.  in  Mass.,  1666;  d.  June  25,  1751;  m.  2d,  Dec.  11,  1751,  Sarah  Fel- 
lows, b.  1668;  d.  Mar.  28,  1759. 

Joshua  was  born  in  the  town  of  Groton,  Mass.,  resided  there  with  his  parents 
until  their  removal  to  Plainfield,  where  he  was  among  the  first  settlers.  He  was  one 
of  the  signers  of  the  covenant  of  the  first  church  there  Jan.  5,  1751.  He  ever  after 
lived  there  and  died  of  old  age. 

Joshua  Whitney,  will  made  and  dated  at  Plainfield,  Conn.,  Oct.  15,  1751. 

Joshua  Whitney,  will  recorded  at  Plainfield,  Conn.,  Jan.  8, 1754. 

Maker  of  will,  Shubah  Conant,  justice  of  peace;  residence  at  Plainfield. 

Sarah  Whitney,  widow  of  Joshua  Whitney,  letter  of  administration.  May  23,1759. 

His  will  mentions  William  Whitney,  Cornelius  Whitney, .and  David  Whitney, 
broth'ers;  and  Abigail  Hutchings,  Mary  Peirce,  Elizabeth  Harmon,  Martha  \\'illiams, 
Elinor  Shephard,  and  Sarah  Tylor,  sisters.  Mary  Lawrence  and  John  Crery,  names 
mentioned  in  the  will  of  J.  Whitney;  also  the  names  of  two  negroes  are  mentioned, 
Sandy  and  Ceaser,  he  leaving  property  to  both. 

Dea.  Joshua  Whitney  was  born  in  Groton,  Mass.,  and  served  as  a  soldier  in 
King  Philip's  war  in  1692  from  Groton.  He  soon  after  moved  to  Quinebaug,  Conn., 
for,  Nov.  18,  1699,  with  thirty-eight  others,  he  signed  a  petition  to  the  Massachusetts 
General  Court  in  relation  to  the  land  boundaries.  In  1702  he  was  elected  collector. 
He  resided  on  the  east  side  of  Quinebaug  river,  which  later  became  Plainfield.  In 
1704  he  was  appointed  a  committee  to  apportion  the  enclosing  fence  to  the  several 
proprietors.  In  1705  he  was  chosen  to  finish  the  laying  out  of  the  divisions  of 
meadows.  In  1706  he  had  twelve  acres  of  land  bound  over  to  him  in  security  for 
four  pounds  in  money  loaned  the  town.  After  the  township  was  incorporated,  he 
was  elected  representative  to  the  General  Court.  In  1710  he  gave  part  of  the  land 
for  a  highway,  from  Quinebaug  river  to  the  east  bound  of  the  town.  In  1719  he  was 
elected  deacon  of  the  church,  and  that  year,  when  the  new  meeting  house  was 
erected,  he  gave  a  sum  much  larger  than  many  others  and  only  equaled  by  one 
other.  According  to  Miss  Larneds  valuable  History  of  Windham  County,  he  was 
one  of  the  most  prominent  citizens  of  Plainfield.  Deacon  Whitney,  in  his  will,  made 
by  Shubah  Conant,  justice  of  the  peace,  made  provision  for  his  negro  servants,  and 
it  shows  the  conscientious  scrupleness  with  which  some  good  men  of  that  day  fulfilled 
the  responsibility  of  ownership.  Not  only  did  he  make  Sandy,  Ceaser,  Judith  and 
their  children  absolutely  free,  but  bequeathed  to  each  household  six  acres  of  land 
and  farming  tools.  He  gave  to  one  his  "  oldest  little  Bible,"  and  to  the  others 
several  good  books;  enjoined  Sandy  to  take  care  of  Bess,  his  wife,  and  give  her 
decent  burial,  and  directed  Ceaser  and  Judith  "to  see  that  their  children  were  in  no 
way  left  to  perish." 

He  d,  s.  p.,  Dec.  1,  1753;  res.  Groton,  Mass.,  and  Plainfield,  Conn. 

54.  William  Whitney  (Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Feb.  28,  1678;  m.  in  Chelms- 
ford, Mar.,  1700,  Lydia  Perham,  b.  Feb.  19,  1673;  d.  in  G.  Aug.  24,  1716;  m.  2d, 
in  Newton,  Apr.  25,  1717,  Margaret  Mirick,  b.  1683;  d. . 

William  'VVhitney,  of  Groton,  and  Lydia  Perham,  of  Chelmsford,  entered  into  a 
covenant  of  marriage  before  Mr.  Thomas  Clark,  Mar.,  1700  [the  rest  of  the  date  is 
torn  off,  but  suppose  it  to  be  1699-1700.  Hon.  S.  A.  Green].  The  family  record  has 
it  1700.     Lydia  (Perham)  Whitney  was  admitted  to  the  Groton  church  Aug.  5,  1716. 


He  was  born  in  Groton,  where  he  resided  until  his  marriage.  His  wife  was  from 
Chelmsford,  in  which  place  they  were  married.  She  died  and  was  buried  in  Groton. 
His  second  wife  was  probably  from  Newton,  for  he  was  married  there.  Apr.  4,  1710, 
he  purchased  land  in  Killingly,  Conn.,  of  James  Corbin  of  Woodstock.  He 
removed  to  Plainfield,  Conn.,  about  1720,  where  he  afterward  resided.  His  will  is 
dated  Oct.  15, 1751.  In  1754  he  gave  the  heirs  of  his  sister  Abigail  Hutchings  property 
by  deed. 

He  d.  about  1754;  res.  Groton,  Mass.,  and  Plainfield,  Conn. 

174.  i.         William,  b.  May  5,  1701;  m.  Mary  Whitmore. 

175.  ii.        LVDIA,  b.  Dec.  26,  1710;  m.  Apr.  8,  1741,  Samuel  Taylor. 

176.  iii.       Joshua,  b.  Nov.  1,  1714.     The  family  record  says  Josiah,  but  But- 

ler in  Hist,  of  Groton  gives  the  third  child  as  Joshua;  m.  Amy 

177.  iv.       John,  b.  Jan.  30,  1717-18;  m.  Elizabeth . 

178.  V.        Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  12,  bap.  Aug.  16,  1719.     Butler  in  his  Hist,  of 

Groton   says   Elizabeth,   family   record  says    Esther.     Church 
record  says  Elizabeth,  which  latter  is  correct. 

179.  vi.       Caleb,  b.  Sept.  10,  1721;  m.  Margaret . 

55.  Cornelius  Whitney  (Joshua,  John),  b.  in  Groton;  m.  Sarah  Shepherd. 

In  1707  the  selectmen  of  Groton  petitioned  the  governor  in  relation  to  the  num- 
ber of  people  "  either  actually  removed  or  are  meditating  of  it."  In  the  list  "  of  per- 
sons gone"  are  the  names  Cornelius  and  Josiah  Whitney. 

Cornelius  Whitney  and  his  wife,  Sarah,  were  admitted  to  full  communion  in  the 
Groton  church  Aug.  21,  1715.  If  they  moved  away  and  had  "gone"  from  Groton  in 
1707,  they  must  have  returned  and  resided  for  a  short  time  before  going  elsewhere. 
Groton,  Mar.  23,  1721.  Then  we,  the  subscribers,  laid  out  to  a  fifteen-acre 
sight,  originally  Ralph  Read's,  now  claimed  by  Cornelius  Whitney,  fifty-five  acres 
of  land,  laying  on  the  southeast  side  of  pine  meadow,  the  northwest  corner  being  a 
great  pine  by  his  own  meadow,  bounded  easterly  to  John  Stone's  meadow,  the  north- 
east corner  an  oak,  the  two  southerly  corners,  pines;  all  marked  for  corners.  What 
is  above  fifteen  acres  in  quantity  being  added  to  it  to  make  it  equal  in  quality  to 
fifteen  acres  of  the  best  land,  in  our  judgment,  allowance  being  made  for  a  high- 
way through  the  same  when  needed.  Said  land  being  fully  to  satisfy  said  right  in 
the  new  division  of  the  common  on  the  east  sfde  of  the  river. 

Zachariah  Sawtell,  Phinehas  Parker,  and  Nathaniel  Woods,  committee  of  the 
proprietors  of  Groton. 

He  was  born  in  Groton,  where  he  resided  until  1707,  when,  on  account  of  Indian 
hostilities,  with  his  father  he  moved  elsewhere.  He  evidently  returned,  for  he  was 
a  soldier  in  the  Queen  Anne  war  from  that  town  soon  after.  Later  he  moved  to 
Killingly,  Conn.,  and  where  it  is  said  he  died. 

He  served  in  the  Oueen  Anne  war  of  1707.     This  same  year,  on  account  of  the 
unprotected  condition  of  the  Groton  frontier,  with  others  he  petitioned  for  leave  to 
move  elsewhere.     He  d.  in  Connecticut;  res.  Groton,  Mass.,  and  Killingly,  Conn. 
Sarah,  b.  Apr.  17,  1715;  d.  bef.  1731. 
Abigail,  b.  Dec.  9,  1717. 

Matthias,  b.  May  26,  1720;  m.  Alice  . 

Mary,  b.  Aug.  20,  1722. 

losHUA,  b.  Dec.  1,  1724;  m. . 

Lydia,  b.  Apr.  23,  1729. 
Sarah,  b.  Jan.  8,  1731. 

56.  Col.  David  Whitney  (Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.,  in  1682;  m.  at  Plain- 
field,  Conn.,  Jan.  20, 1712,  Elizabeth  Warren,  dau.  of  Jacob  of  Plainfield,  and  moved  to 
Canaan,  Conn.;  m.  2d,  July  28,  1767,  Mrs.  Prudence  (Merrills)  Sedgwick,  b.  Dec.  22, 
1700;  d.  Feb.  1,  1793.  She  fell  mto  the  fire.  Dau.  of  Dea.  Abraham  Merrills  of 
Hartford,  Conn. 

He  was  born  in  Groton,  Mass.,  moved  to  Plainfield  and  married  there.  In  1740 
he  moved  to  Canaan,  Conn.,  where  he  afterward  resided  and  where  he  was  inn- 
keeper, his  tavern  being  the  best  known  in  that  section  of  the  state.  He  was  a  very 
active  and  influential  man;  was  colonel  of  the  militia  and  held  other  offices  in 
the  town.  His  will  is  dated  Oct.  27,  1769,  and  proved  Dec.  13,  1769.  He  married 
twice,  his  second  wife  being  Prudence,  who  was  given  one-third  of  the  estate. 
He  d.  in  1769;  res.  Groton,  Mass.,  Plainfield  and  Canaan,  Conn. 

187.    i.  Esther,  b.  May  1,  1714;  m. Kingsbury  and  d.  before  1769, 

leaving  heirs  mentioned  in  her  father's  will. 






















David,  b.  Sept.  16,  1716;  m.  Marv  Gun. 

Joshua,  b.  Oct.  11,  1718;  m.  Ann  Blodgett. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  26,  1720;  m. Stanton.     She  died  before 

her  father,  for  in  his  will  he  refers  to  her  heirs,  one  of  whom  was 

Jacob,  b.  July  13,  1723;  d.  Sept.  10,  1738. 

Tarball,  b.  Nov.  1, 1725.     He  was  executor  of  his  father's  will  in 
1769  and  d.  in  Canaan  in  1794. 

Marv,  b.  Mar.  13,  1727;  d.  June  28,  1729. 

JosiAH,  b.  Aug.  11,  1731;  m.  Lois  Breck  and  Mrs.  Samuel  Chan- 
195.    ix,        SoLO.MON,  b.  in  1733;  m.  Sarah . 

65.  John  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  about  1678;  m.  there  Letty  or 
Lettis  Ford,  the  dau.  of  John  Ford;  b.  in  York,  Me. 

He  was  born  in  York,  Me.,  and  in  1703,  at  the  age  cf  23,  with  his  two  brothers, 
Nathaniel  and  Timothy,  was  a  member  of  the  military  company,  commanded  by 
Capt.  Abraham  Preble,  of  York.  "  This  company  comprised  the  flower  of  York,  or 
the  young  men  of  that  date." 

John  Whitney  witnessed  will  of  John  Moore,  at  York,  in  1713.  I  have  been 
unable  to  find  any  record  of  his  property,  though  it  is  stated  in  his  brother  Nathaniel's 
deed  that  he,  Nathaniel,  owned  property  adjoining  that  of  John. 

He  settled  in  New  Meadows,  Me.,  in  1739;  he  d. ;  res.  York  and  Lisbon 

Falls  Me. 

'  196.     i.  Marv,  b.  Mar.  12,  1704;  m.  Oct.  16,  1723,  Thomas  Edward;  res. 

Kittery,  Me. 

Sa.muel,  b.  May  5,  1707;  m.  Lydia . 

Elizabeth,  b.  May  7,  1709. 
Hannah,  b.  17,  1710. 

Mercy,  b . 

Mehitable,  b . 

John,  b.  May  4,  1719. 

Benjamin,  b.  May  22,  1725;  m.  Mercy  Hinckley. 

66.  Nathaniel  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  in  York,  Me.,  Apr.  14,  1680;  m. 
there  Sarah  Ford,  the  dau.  of  John,  of  Kittery,  b.  in   York. 

He  was  born  in  York,  Me.,  where  he  probably  resided  until  after  his  marriage,  when 
he  removed  to  Gorham.  In  1703  he  was  a  member  of  the  military  company  of  York, 
commanded  by  Capt.  Preble,  for  defense  against  the  Indians.  D.  Williams  Patter- 
son, who  compiled  the  Connecticut  Whitney  family,  says  he  was  a  son  of  Benjamin 
and  Jane  Whitney.  In  1708  Nathaniel  Whitney,  weaver,  of  Kittery,  bought  of  John- 
son Harmon  and  Mary,  his  wife,  a  certain  piece  of  salt  marsh  and  thatch  ground  in 
York,  commonly  known  as  the  Sunken  Marsh. 

Nov.,  1715,  Nathaniel  Whitney,  of  York,  weaver,  and  wife,  Sarah,  sell  for  four 
score  pounds  to  Joseph  Harris  Yz  the  tract  of  land  known  as  the  Sunken  Marsh,  hav- 
ing sold  the  other  Yz  to  John  Stagpole,  and  all  housings,  timber,  etc. 

In  1717  Nathaniel  Whitney  purchased  20  acres  of  land  of  John-  Racklift  and 
a  small  orchard  on  the  southeast  side  of  York  river,  and  northwest  side  of  Rogers' 
Cave,  in  York,  for  /20.     This  land  joined  that  of  John  Whitney. 
He  d.  in  Gorham,  Me.;  res.  York,  Me. 

204.    vii.       Lydia,  b.  ;  d.  July  14,  1720. 

Lydia,  b.  July  22,  1726;  d.  Mar.  23, 1727. 

Naham,  b.  Jan.  10,  1706;  m.  Lvdia  Young. 

Nathaniel,  b.  Dec.  12,  1709;  'm.  Molly  Day. 

Abel,  b.  July  23,  1712;  m.  Mary  Crane'. 

Sarah,  b.  Nov.  8,  1714;  m.  July  13,  1736,  Jeremiah  Simpson,  of 

York,  Me. 
Isaac,  b.  Mar.  9,  1720;  m.  Sarah  Crosby. 
Amos,  b.  Mar.  5,  1723;  m.  Sarah  Payne. 
Joanna,  b.  Mar.  13,  1729. 

67.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  1680;  m.  1700,  Susanna  Whitney, 
b.  1681. 

In  1721  Jonathan  Whitney's  name  is  found  among  the  list  of  those  taxed  for  the 
minister's  rate  in  Sherborn.  He  paid  one  of  the  largest  taxes.  In  1723  his  name  was 
first  on  a  petition  to  be  set  off  as  a  separate  town.  This  was  afterward  called  Hol- 
iiston.     In  1727  he  was  chosen  committee  in  Holliston  in  relation  to  land  for  minis- 
































ter.  In  1730  he  deeded  his  interest  in  the  land  to  the  first  minister,  Rev.  James 
Stone.     He  was  selectman  m  Holliston  1724-25-26-27-28-32-36-57. 

He  made  his  will  Feb.  2,  1753,  provided  judiciously  for  his  family,  and  appointed 
his  wife  Susanna,  with  his  eldest  son  Jonathan,  co-executors.  It  was  proved  in  Mid- 
dlesex Co.  Feb.  11,  1754.  He  owned  some  meadow  lands  in  what  is  now  Milford. 
He  d.  Jan.,  1753;  res.  Sherborn,  Holliston,  and  Milford,  Mass. 

"213.     i.  Susanna,  b.   Jan.  20,   1702;  m.  Gershom    Fames,  of    Holliston. 

Ch.:     Martha  and  Patience. 

214.  ii.         Jonathan,  b.  Oct.  17,  1704;  m.  Lydia  Jones. 

215.  iii.        Keziah,   b.   July   11,   1706;     m.    1730,     Elder    Abraham    Jones, 

July  2,  1708;  'd.  Feb.  25,  1792.  She  d.  June  29,  1791;  res. 
Milford.  Ch.:  Susanna,  b.  Feb.  8,  1732;  d.  Nov.  1,  1736;  Jona- 
than, b.  Nov.  13,  1733;  d.  Nov.  6.  1736;  Keziah,  b.  Nov.  23,  1737; 
d.  1744;  Sarah,  b.  Dec.  16,  1739;  d.  1744;  Hannah,  b.  Nov.  8, 
1741;  d.  1744;  John.  b.  Mar.  23,  1744;  m.  Abigail  Cheney;  Abra- 
ham, b.  May  3,  1746;  m.  Olive  Bates;  Solomon,  b.  Apr.  3,  1748; 
d.  young.  The  father  was  deacon  of  the  Cong.  ch.  in  1743; 
elder  1754.     He  was  a  solid  and  influential  man. 

216.  iv.        Dorothy,  b.  Aug.  28,  1708;   m.  May  9,  1734,    Ebenezer   Hunt, 

b.  1707;  res.  Hollioton.  Ch.:  Ebenezer,  b.  Apr.  15,  1735;  m. 
Deliverance  Newton;  res.  Paxton;  Thomas,  b.  Aug.  23,  1737; 
d.  Mar.  5,  1744. 

217.  v.         Mary,  b.   May  28,   1710;    m.  Joseph    Jones,   b.   Dec.  27,   1709; 

d.  Apr.  3,  1796.  She  d.  July  9,  1788.  He  was  a  large  land- 
holder; res.  Mil.  Ch.:  Susanna,  b.  Nov.  10,  1733;  Hannah,  b. 
July  3,  1736;  d.  young;  Joseph,  b.  Sept.  29, 1737;  m.  Ruth  Nelson; 
Mary,  b.  Oct.  16,  1740;  m.  James  Sumner,  Esq.;  Lvdia,  b.  Apr. 
2,  1744;  Jonathan,  b.  Aug.  11,1746;  m.  Mary  Ball;  David,  b.July 
10,1749;  d.  young;  Timothy,  b.  Apr,  25, 1751;  m.  Ann  Scammell. 

218.  vi.        LvDiA,  b.  Mar.  3,  1712;  m.  Isaac  Hill. 

219.  vii.       Elias,   b.   Nov.   14,   1716;   m.   Elizabeth    Mellen   and   Elizabeth 


220.  viii.     Mehitable,  b.  Dec.  27,  1719;  m.  David  Cutler;  res.  Mil.      She  d. 

bef.  1768.    Ch.:  Jonathan,  b.  June  23,  1747;    Abigail,  b.  Oct.  11, 

1749;  Susanna,  b.  July  11,  1752;  Nathan,  b.  Feb.  22,  1755;  m. 

Ruth   Nelson;    David,  b.   Aug.  22,   1757;    m.   Esther    Evans; 

Mehitable,  b.  May  8,  1762;  m.  Nathaniel  Flagg. 
George,  b.  Aug.  12,  1721;  m.  Sarah  Cozzens. 
Jesse,  b.  Feb.  8,  1713;  prob.  d.  bef.  1754;  not  named  in  will. 
Hannah,  b.  Feb.  11,  1714;  same  as  Jesse. 

68.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b. ;  m.  in  Boston,  Aug.  7, 1705, 

Mrs.  Esther  Maverick,  wid.  of  James;  for  an  account  of  him  see  Sumner's  History  of 
East  Boston,  1):<58.  Benjamin  and  Esther  Whitney  sell  land  to  Bro.  Jonathan,  1718, 
and  in  1729  convey  estate  in  Boston  formerly  James  M.  to  James,  Jr.,  and  Martha,  wife 
of  Thomas  Bellows,  of  Southboro.  Benj.  was  an  inholder  in  Framingham  and  drew 
land  in  Douglass  in  1715. 

On  Suffold  Deeds,  vol.  83,  p.  15,  Hester,  wife  of  Benj.  Whitney,  certifies  to  birth 
of  her  two  children  by  former  husband,  James  Maverick,  at  Winnissimet.'  Martha, 
b.  April  17,  1693;  James,  b.  Oct.  2,  1699.  Corroborated  by  Phebe  Brentnal,  aged  45, 
and  Sarah  Eustace,  aged  52,  June  18,  1718. 

He  d. ;  res.  Framingham  and  Sherborn,  Mass. 

224.     i.         Benjamin,  b.  May  22,  1709;  m.  Margaret  Sanderson. 

69.  Joshua  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  Sept.  21,  1687;  m.  Hannah  Rock- 
wood,  of  Medfield,  b.  1696;  d.  bef.  1738;  m.  Phebe  .    After  his  death  she  m. 

Caleb  Partridge,  of  Medway.  He  d.  bef.  1754;  res.  Oxford,  Mendon,  and  Uxbridge, 

He  was  a  cordwainer  by  trade.  Was  one  of  the  thirty  original  proprietors  of 
Oxford,  Mass.,  which  land  he  purchased  of  the  Nipumck  Indians  in  1713  and  resided 
on  lot  No.  27,  in  that  town,  on  the  Sutton  road.  In  1715  he  disposed  of  his  property 
and  moved  to  Mendon,  Mass.,  per  Suffolk  Deeds  27,  p.  174,  and  History  of  Oxford. 
His  first  three  children  were  born  in  M.  He  resided  in  that  part  of  Mendon  which 
was  subsequently  in  1727  incorporated  as  Uxbridge.'Mass.  The  inventory  of  his 
estate,  per  Worcester  probate  records,  was  made  Dec.  1,  1750.    Josiah  Taft  was  admr. 








225.  i.  EzEKiEL,  b.  Mendon,  Aug.  29,  1716;  m. . 

226.  \'A.  Isaac,  b. 

227.  ii.  Nathaniel,  b. 

228.  iii.  Mary,  b.  Uxbridge  Oct.  27,  1732;  prob.  d.  bef.  1765. 

229.  iv.  Joshua,  b.  Feb.  27,  1738-39.     In  1754  Caleb  Partridge  was  his  guar- 


230.  V.  Joseph,  b.  Mar.  21,  1739^0;  prob.  d.  bef.  1765. 

231.  vi.  Benjamin,  b.  Mar.  14,  1743;  m.  — . 

232.  vii.  Phebe,  b.  July  25, 1745;  m. Kirby;  res.  Uxbridge,  Mass. 

233.  viii.  Hannah,  b.  Feb.  4,  1746. 

234.  ix.  Bethvah,  b.  Sept.  29,  1720;  d.  young. 

235.  X.  Bethyah,  b.  Feb.  24,  1726;  d.  young. 

70.  Mark  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  Framingham,  Mass.,  abt.  1700;  m.  in 
Framingham  Jan.  4,  1726,  Tabitha  Mellen,  dau.  of  Thomas  and  Elizabeth,  b.  Jan.  4, 

Mark  Whitney  was  born  in  Framingham,  Mass.  He  was  a  soldier  of  Capt.  Sam- 
uel Wright's  Rutland  Company,  in  service  from  Nov.  10,  1723,  to  June  10,1724.  He 
resided  in  Hopkinton,  which  town  was  purchased  of  the  praying  Indians  in  1700, 
and  incorporated  in  1715,  the  name  being  given  in  honor  of  Edward  Hojikins  of 
Harvard  College.  It,  however,  did  not  assume  the  privileges  of  a  town  until  1724. 
This  year  a  church  was  organized  in  the  town  and  Mark  Whitney  was,  Apr,  27,  1735, 
admitted  a  member,  He  married  his  wife  in  Framingham.  He  continued  to  reside 
in  Hopkinton  until  his  removal  to  Framingham;  he  was  dismissed  to  the  Framing- 
ham church  Apr.  5, 1752,  and  there  he  was  admitted  to  the  church  by  letter  from  Hop- 
kinton Feb.  10,  1754.  While  residing  there  he  kept  a  tavern  on  the  old  Whitney 
homestead  near  the  Havens.  He  soon  moved  to  Natick  where  he  afterward  resided 
until  his  death.  Natick  lies  between  Sherborn  and  Framingham,  and  it  was  here 
that  Rev.  John  Elliot  established  his  first  Indian  church  in  America.  Until  1746 
Natick  was  an  Indian  plantation;  that  year  it  was  incorporated  as  a  district,  and  in 
1781  it  was  incorporated  as  a  town.  In  1759  Mark  Whitney  was  surveyor  of  high- 
ways and  member  of  the  parish  committee  in  1760,  assisted  in  preambulating  the 
town  line  between  Natick  and  Sherborn,  which  committee  rendered  its  report  Mar. 
24,  1760.  He  was  a  prominent  and  leading  citizen  in  the  various  towns  in  which  he 
resided,  as  the  title  "  Mr."  is  prefixed  to  his  name  in  the  town  records.  His  will  is 
dated  at  Natick,  June  17,  1760,  and  was  witnessed  by  Micah  Whitney.  His  widow, 
Tabitha,  taught  school  at  HopKinton. 

A  deed  is  on  file  in  the  Middlesex  Probate  records  of  a  house  lot  signed  by 
Benjamin,  Sr.,  Benjamin,  Jr.,  Mark  and  Isaac.     Mark  lived  on  this  homestead. 

A  petition  is  also  recorded,  signed  Benjamin,  Sr.,  Isaac,  Benjamin,  Jr.,  and  Mark. 

Mark  was'a  soldier  from  Framingham  before  his  marriage  to  a  Framingham  girl ; 
his  Hopkinton  neighbor  and  brother  (land  adjoined  as  shown  by  deeds),  Isaac 
Whitnev,  married  Elizabeth  Bridges  of  Framingham.  His  land  came  to  him  from 
his  father,  Benjamin  Whitney,  who  was  of  Framingham.  Thomas  Mellen,  who  was 
Mark  Whitney's  father-in-law,  and  Benjamin  Whitney  were  of  those  who,  in  1732, 
went  to  the  Hopkinton  church  on  account  of  dissatisfaction  at  Framingham, 

He  d.  June  23,  1760,  at  N.;  res.  Framingham,  Hopkinton,  and  Natick,  Mass. 

236.  i.         Love,  bap.  Hop.  Nov.  26,  1726;  m.  Jan.  2,  1754,  Jonathan  Battle  of 

Dedham.  He  was  b.  May  30,  1724.  They  had  a  son,  Timothy, 
b.  Sept.  21,  1756.  She  (Love  Whitney)  m.  2d,  1767,  Barrachias 
Alason  (see  Tilden's  History  of  Medfield),  b.  1723,  d.  1795. 
They  res.  Medfield.  He  gr.  at  Harvard  College  in  1742;  was  a 
noted  surveyor  of  lands  and  surveyed  the  town  of  Natick  in 
1778;  taught  school  in  Reading,  1747,  also  taught  singing  school; 
was  selectman  for  five  years  and  mholder.  Ch.:  Johnson, 
b.  1767,  was  captain  of  militia  and  rose  to  the  rank  of  lieuten- 
ant-colonel, and  town  clerk  19  years,  also  representative; 
Arnold,  b.  1770,  d  1837.  A  son  of  Johnson  was  Dr.  Lowell 
Mason,  the  celebrated  musical  composer, b.  in  Medfield  in  1792, 
and  also  grandfather  of  Wm.  Mason,  also  celebrated  as  an 
American  musician  and  founder  of  the  Mason  &  Hamlin  Organ 
Mfg.  Co.  of  Boston. 

237.  ii.       Jason,  b.  Aug.  31, 1729;  m.  Elizabeth  Beal  and  Lois  Pratt. 

238.  iii.       Mary,  b.  Oct.  4,  1731;  m.  1759,  Lieut.  Joseph  Cody  of  Hopkinton; 

res.  Milford,  Mass.    He  was  son  of  Isaac  and  Hannah  Cody  and 










was  b.  in  Hopkinton,  Mass.,  May  2,  1736.  He  settled  in  "Bun- 
gay," Milford,  Mass.,  on  what  is  now  known  as  the  Partridge 
place.  He  was  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars,  and  the  first 
constable  at  Milford;  was  called  "Lieut.  Joseph;"  was  a  carpen- 
ter by  trade,  and  tradition  says  that  he  seldom  used  any  meas- 
uring implement,  but  laid  out  his  framing  work  by  so  accurate 
an  eye  that  all  his  joints  and  mortises  fitted  exactly  when  his 
frames  were  raised.  Ch.:  Mary,  b.  Jan.  23,  1760;  m.  June  6,  1782, 
Thomas  Hiscock;  Martha,  b.  Sept.  7,  1761;  Sarah,  b.  July  7, 1763; 
m.  Nov.  16,  1780,  Richard  Hiscock;  Anna,  b.  May  12,  1765;  m. 
Nov.  13,  1783,  James  Hiscock;  Hannah,  b.  Apr.  13,  1767;  d.  in 
early  infancy;  Joseph,  b.  Mar.  23,  1769;  Hannah,  b.  Apr.  1,  1771. 

Mark,  b.  Apr.  11,  1732;  d.  unm.  at  Natick  in  1750. 

Tabitha,  b.  Apr.  11,  1735;  d.  July  11,  1735,  in  Hopk. 

Thomas,  b.  Jan.  24,  1736;  m.  Mehitable  Bacon. 

Tabitha,  b.  Mar.  11,  1738;  m.  Aug.  31,  1767,  John  Lessure  of 
Upton,  Mass. 

243.  viii.    Sarah,  b.  June  12,  1739;  m.  June   11,  1761,  Nathan   Watkins   of 

Hopkinton;  descendants  res.  in  Hollinston. 

244.  ix.      Esther,  b.  Oct.  3,  1742;  m.  Aug.  30,  1764,  James  Watkins  of  Hop- 

kinton; des.  res.  in  Milford. 

71.  Isaac  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John),  b.  prob.  in  Framingham,  Mass.;  m.  there 
Sept.  27,  1722,  Elizabeth  Bridges.  She  d.  before  1749,  prob.,  as  she  is  not  mentioned 
in  her  husband's  will.  It  mentions  dau.  Judith,  son  Gideon,  who  he  gives  house  and 
land  in  Hopkinton  and  lands  in  N.  H.,  and  brother-in-law  Gideon  Bridges.  Benjamin 
Whitney,  Jr.,  his  brother,  witnessed  his  will  and  was  bondsman  for  executor.  Will 
dated  May  24,  proved  Oct.  23,  1749.  He  owned  land  in  Hopkinton,  adjoining  that 
of  his  brother  Mark.     He  d.  1749;  res.  Hopkinton,  Mass. 

245.  iii.        Gideon,  b.  Nov.  27,  1729;  m.  Hannah  Norcross. 

246.  iv.        Elizabeth,  b.  Jan.  28,  1731;  m.  Ebenezer  Hc^we  and  d.  soon. 

247.  ii.         Judith,  b.  July  25,  1727. 

248.  i.  Isaac,  b.  July  29,  1725;  d.  bef.  1749.     Not  mentioned  in  will. 

72.  Daniel  Whitney  (John,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  3,  1681;  m.  June  21,  1704, 
Susanna  Curtis.     He  d. ;  res.  Roxlaury,  Mass. 

249.  i.  John,  b.  May  23,  1705.     He  was  given  land  in  Woodstock,  Conn., 

at  the  death  of  his  grandfather  by  his  will. 

250.  ii.        Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  4,  1706. 

251.  iii.       Susanna,  b.  Feb.  21,  1708. 

252.  iv.       Daniel,  b.  Mar.  26.  1711;  m. . 

253.  V.        Anna,  b.  Apr.  30,  1713. 

254.  vi.  Elijah,  b.  Jan.  15,  1715;  m.  Hannah . 

255.  vii.  Ruth,  b.  Dec.  5,  1718. 
2.56.  viii.  Elisha,  b,  Oct.  5,  1722. 

257.  ix.  Esther,  b.  July  11,  1726;  m.  Mar.  8,  1745,  John  White. 

73.  Timothy  Whitney  (John,  John,  John),  b.  Apr,  16,  1678;  m.  June  12,  1706, 
Margaret  Bacon. 

Timothy  Whitney  went  from  Roxbury  to  Newton,  and  in  1728,  for  ;^615,  pur- 
chased a  farm  and  buildings  of  John  Prentice. 

He  d. ;  res.  Roxbury,  Newton,  and  Warwick,  Mass. 

258.  i.  Sarah,  b.  Feb.  28,  1707;  m.  Apr.  18,  1729,  William  Pierce,  the  son 

of  Francis  Pierce,  and  was  b.  May  1,  1708;  d.  Jan.  17,  1779. 
With  his  wife  he  resided  in  Southboro,  Hopkinton,  and  Sutton, 
at  which  latter  place  he  died  and  was  buried  on  Leland  Hill. 
He  was  a  native  of  Weston,  and  in  1758  purchased  land  of 
Widow  Sarah  Hawding,  of  Boston,  located  in  Hopkinton.  Ch.: 
Francis,  b.  July  18,  1729;  m.  Dec.  8, 1759,  Lydia  Ball;  Ebenezer, 
b.  Apr.  4,1731;  d.  unm.  1753  (see  Prob.  Rec.  at  Camb.);  William, 
b.  Dec.  31,  1741;  m.  Abigail  Walker;  Jonathan,  b.  June  10,  1736; 
Sarah,  b.  Aug.  30,  1744;  d.  unm.  in  Mendon;  Aaron,  b.  Aug.  15, 
1746;  Hannah,  b.  Aug.  30, 1731;  m.  Aug.  6,  1764,  Isaac  Greene; 
Seth,  b.  Nov.  9,  1738.  During  the  last  years  of  William's  life  he 
lived  with  his  son  Jonathan,  who  married  Eunice  Leathe  for  his 
first  wife.  She  was  b.  in  Sutton,  Mass.,  and  died  without  issue. 
His  second  wife  was  Mary  Goodale,  who  was  a  sister  of  the 


mother  of  Robert  B.  Thomas,  the  founder,  and  during  his  life 
the  publisher,  of  the  "Farmers'  Almanack."  of  which  anybody 
who  was  born  m  New  England  has  heard.  Jonathan  Pierce  was 
a  farmer,  and  when  41  years  of  age  enlisted  in  the  company  of 
Capt.  Bngham  in  Col.  Job.  Cushing's  regiment  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary army.  Later  he  served  in  Capt.  Andrew  Elliott's  com- 
pany. Aiiiong  the  purchases  he  made  of  land  in  Sutton  was 
l^^r  {\?^  Benjaniin  Whitney,  of  Westboro.  a  near  relative  of 
Eh  Whitney,  who  was  the  brother  of  the  great-great-grand- 
'"•S^^u^°^^  ^^^  compiler  of  this  work.  Jonathan  by  his  second 
wife  had  thirteen  children.  He  lived  and  died  on  the  old  place 
and  left  the  estate  to  his  son  Amos,  who  was  b.  Oct  13  1770-  he 
Jived  on  the  old  place  in  Sutton  and  married  Annie  Hicks  and 
had  eight  children;  the  youngest  was  Silas  Austin,  who  married 
Maria  N.  Smith,  daughter  of  Nathaniel  and  Nancy  (Forbush) 
Smith,  of  Grafton  They  had  four  children  and  are  the  parents 
Piellfe?"'^  *^^^  ^'^'"'^^  genealogy  by  Fred  C. 

o«n"  '■•  ?/^^^'  ^-  ^P""-  2.  1-11;  m-  Hannah  Cheney. 

260.  III.  Moses,  b.  June  20,  1714;  m.  Rebecca  Hyde. 

ifl-  "'•  Jf^SEi^H.  b.  Feb.  21,  1716;  m.  Mary  Hastings. 

lai  ""•  Timothy,  b.  Apr.  20,  1720;  d.  young. 

266.  VI.  TiMOTH/,  b.  Apr.  30,  1721. 

m   Nm-  7^'^Jq"^''Mf  "^  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown  Mar.  5,  1(375- 
V    ]'a       '  oi^'^y,  ^"^'"^°"=  ^-  Sept.  6,  1676;  d.  Dec.  31,  1740. 
He  d.  Sept.  23,  1730;  res.  Watertown,  Mass 

264.  I.  Nathaniel,  b.  Jan.  23,  1696;  ro.  Mary  Child. 

265.  II.        Sarah,  b.  Mar  3  1698;  m.  prob.  Aug.  3,  1726,  Ephraim  Rice  of 

Worcester;  b.  Sept.  26,  1693;  res.  in  Worcester  until  1742      Ch 
Amos,  b.  Sept.  10  1727;  m.  Martha  Hagar;  Mercy,  b.  April  li; 
b.  JunTb  1742"'     ^""^'"^"^  Abigail,  b.  Mar. 28, 1732;  Bathsheba, 

266.  iii.       Amos,  b.  Apr.  19,  1701 

l^n'  k  i-I  =  '?"']^  ^I""^'^^'  ^'i^  ^^^^'  ^^^ss.  Ch.!  Daniel,  b. 
J^";  Sl'i^'  "V  1  '^1.  Mary  Bond  (his  son,  Daniel,  Jr.,  gr.  Harvard 
<^on  Itbb  a  lawyer  and  senator  of  Petersham  1.  Mr.  Daniel 
Bigelow  d.  Aug.  29  1776,  in  his  48th  year  of  his  age.  A  brother 
of  the  distinguished  Col.  Timothy  Bigelow  and  father  of  Daniel 
±5igelow  dd,  who  in  1776  formed  connection  with  William 
Stearns,  Esq.,  in  the  publication  of  the  Worcester  Spv  and 
afterward  studied  law  and  practiced  in  Petersham.  Daniel 
•Bigelow  3d  was  at  different  times  representative,  senator,  mem- 
ber of  the_  executive  council,  and  countv  attorney;    David    b 

isTn       'in     L™-  ^^l^^  ,^^^°"'  ^^^-  I^a^'^  Bigelow  d.  May  10,' 
1810;  ae.  ,9      W  as  a  brother  of  Col.  Timothy  Bigelow.     Resided 
in  the  northeast  part  of  Worcester,  on   the  road   now  know    as 
Mountain  street.     Tavern  keeper.     Married  for  his  f^rst  wife,  in 
1^02,  Sarah   Eaton,  and  his  second  wife,  whom  he  married  in 
1 .64,  was  Deborah  Hey  wood.     Selectman,  1776-77-79-80-83-84 
in  bept.,  1  /  <5,  he  was  chosen  a  member  of  a  committee  to  inspect 
the  tories  passing  between  Lancaster  and  Worcester  or  any  other 
way.    Representativeto  the  General  Court,  1777.    Was  a  delec^ate 
to  a  state  convention  assembled  at  Concord  on  the  14th  of  fulv 
ef{eri\°nfX  "^^^f ',^^  ^«  ''.e'ieve  the  people  from  the  disastrous 
ettects  of  the  great  depreciation  of  the  currency,  and  the  high 
Foienri,!^'  necessaries  of  life.      With  Levi  Lincoln,  sen  ,  and 
ram^n.   i   "■  ^^^,  ^^osen  in  1779  a  delegate  to  a  convention  for 
trammg   a  constitution    a  son,  Tyler,  gr.  Harvard   Coll    1801 

s?a?ded  tViJ^'r-^''''}:  \  ^'^  2  years!  Elijah,  b.  Mar  2,  1131. 
scalded  in  1740;  Timothy,  b.  Aug.  2,  1739;  m.  Anna  Andrews 

(\Vh\fZ]n^^T''''V  '°"  °^  ^^"'^^  Bigelow  and  Elizabeth 
(\\  hitney^Bigelow,  who  came  to  Worcester  from  Watertown 
He  was  a  descendant  of  John  Bigelow,  the  emigrant,  who  was  a 


son  of  Randall  Bigelow,  of  Wrentham,  county  of  Suffolk,  Eng- 
land. This  John  was  in  Watertown  as  early  as  1636,  and 
married,  1642,  Mary  Warren,  also  born  in  England. 

Col.  Bigelow  was  one  of  the  prime  movers  in  the  provincial 
cause  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  being  associated  with  Warren, 
Otis,  and  other  leading  spirits.  In  March,  1773,  he  was  elected 
a  member  of  the  local  Committee  of  Correspondence,  and  con- 
tinued a  member  until  called  into  active  service  in  April,  1775. 
He  was  active  in  the  organization  of  the  American  Political 
Society  in  Dec,  1773,  comprising  the  leading  patriots  of  the 
town,  and  meetings  of  the  society  were  frequently  held  at  his 
house.  He  was  an  influential  member  of  many  revolutionary 
committees.  Was  a  delegate  from  this  town  at  the  first  and 
second  sessions  of  the  Provincial  Congress  in  1774  and  1776. 

In  the  spring  of  1775,  Mr.  Isaiah  Thomas,  the  publisher  of  the 
Massachusetts  Spy,  printed  in  Boston,  was  placed  by  the  British 
authorities  on  the  list  of  suspicious  persons,  and  his  paper  was 
proscribed.  Joseph  Warren  and  Timothy  Bigelow  advised  his 
removal  with  his  press  and  types  to  Worcester.  Although  an 
affair  of  some  difficulty  and  requiring  great  caution,  Capt. 
Bigelow  undertook  the  task,  and,  selecting  a  dark  night,  he  with 
others  succeeded  in  conveying  the  press  and  types  to  Barton's 
Point,  and  ferrying  them  to  Charlestown,  and  from  thence 
transporting  them  to  Worcester  to  the  basement  of  his  own 
house,  where  the  press  was  set  up  ready  for  use. 

He  organized  and  commanded  the  company  of  minute  men 
which  marched  from  Worcester  on  the  alarm  at  Lexington,  Apr. 
19,  1775,  and  on  the  organization  of  the  army  at  Cambridge  was 
appointed  major  in  the  regiment  of  which  Jonathan  Ward  was 
colonel.  He  took  part  in  the  ill-fated  expedition  against 
Quebec  in  the  fall  of  1775,  was  taken  prisoner  and  confined 
nearly  a  year,  when  he  was  paroled  and  afterward  exchanged, 
and  was  soon  in  active  service  as  Lieut.-Colonel.  Feb.  8,  1777, 
he  received  a  commission  as  colonel,  and  was  appointed  to  the 
command  of  the  15th  Massachusetts  regiment  in  the  Continental 
army,  then  forming  principally  of  men  from  Worcester  county. 
On  the  completion  of  the  regimental  organization,  he  marched 
with  his  command  to  join  the  northern  army  under  Gen.  Schuy- 
ler, arriving  in  season  to  assist  in  the  capture  of  Burgoyne  by 
Gen.  Gates  at  Saratoga.  He  was  also  in  service  in  Rhode 
Island,  Verplanck's  Point,  Robinson's  Farms,  N.  J.,  Peekskill, 
Monmouth,  Valley  Forge,  West  Point,  and  Yorktown.  At  the 
close  of  the  war  he  was  stationed  for  a  time  at  West  Point,  and 
afterward  assigned  to  the  command  of  the  arsenal  at  Spring- 
field. On  relinquishing  his  military  duties,  he  returned  to 
Worcester  and  engaged  in  his  old  occupation  as  a  blacksmith. 
In  1780,  he  with  others  obtained  a  grant  of  23,040  acres  of  land 
in  Vermont,  upon  which  he  founded  a  town,  giving  it  the  name 
of  Montpelier,  now  the  capital  of  the  state.  He  is  described  as 
having  been  a  man  of  fine  personal  appearance,  tall  and  erect, 
and  possessed  of  a  martial  bearing.  He  married  Anna  Andrews, 
July  7,  1762. 

In  1861  the  remains  of  Col.  Bigelow  were  exhumed,  incased  in 
a  metallic  casket  and  placed  in  a  receptacle  beneath  the  base 
of  the  monument  erected  by  his  great-grandson.  Col.  Timothy 
Bigelow  Lawrence,  of  Boston. 

(See  Lincoln's  History  of  Worcester;  Silence,  b.  Jan.  29,1742;  m.  Jonathan  Glea- 
son,  of  Worcester.) 

Jonas,  b.  Dec,  1703. 

James,  b.  Mar.  2,  1704. 

Israel,  b.  abt.  1710;  m.  Hannah . 

Susanna,  bap.  June  17,  1711;  m.  May  31,1736,  Abraham  Gregory, 
b.  Aug.  24,  1704.  Ch.:  Susanna,  b.  Oct.  13,1736;  m.May  18,  1758, 
Jonas  Bowman;  Elijah,  b.  Feb.  27,  1738;  Abigail,  b.  June  1,1740; 

















Ruth,  b.  Dec.  19,  1742;    Mi)^-i,..  b.  |une  29,  1745;  d.  June,  1746; 

Patience,  b.  Apr.  4,  1747;  mrMar.  19.  1742,  Samuel  Smith. 
272.     viii.     Solomon,  bap.  June  17,  1711;  m.  Martha  Fletcher. 
278.     ix.        Samuel,  bap.  June  17,  1711;  m.  Elizabeth  Hastings. 

274.  X.         Ebenezer,  bap.  Apr.  25,  1714.     He  was  a  doctor;  res.  Worcester, 

Mass.     Died  Jan.  23,  1743.     His  brother,  Israel  of  Oxford,  was 
admr.  of  his  estate.     Inventory  dated  May,  1745. 

275.  xi.        Joshua,  b.  Mar.  25,  1714;  m.  Mehitable  Wilson. 

276.  xii.       David,  b.  in  1716;  m.  Mehitable  Parker. 

80.  William  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  May  6,  1683;  m.  May  17 
1706,  Martha  Pierce,  b.  Dec.  24,  1681. 

He  d.  Jan.  24, 1720;  res.  Weston,  Mass. 

277.  i.  William,  b.  Jan.  11,  1707;  m.  Hannah  Harrington,  Mrs.  Mary 

Pierce,  Margaret  Spring,  and  Mrs.  Sarah  Davis. 

Judith,  b.  Nov.  15,  1708. 

Amity,  b.  Oct.  6,  1712. 

Martha,  b.  Apr.  4,  1716;  m.  in  Sudbury,  Feb.  26,  1734,  Timothy 
Mossman  of  S.;  res.  Ashburnham.  He  was  b.  in  Sudbury,  in 
1710.  His  father,  Timothy,  Sr.,  was  one  of  the  original  proprie- 
tors of  Dorchester,  Canada,  Ashburnham,  Mass.,  and  Timothy, 
Jr.,  was  an  early  settler  there.  In  1743  he  built  a  house  of 
entertainment  there  and  received  £><0  of  the  j^lOO  attempted  to 
be  raised  "and  if  there  should  be  peace  with  France  within 
twelve  months  that  the  aforesaid  Mossman  to  have  the  sum  of 
^40  old  tenor."  He  was  driven 'away  from  the  town  by  fear  of 
the  Indians,  and  his  house  stood  a  short  distance  south  of  the 
common.  The  following  is  a  copy  of  his  petition  in  the  46th 
vol.  Mass.  state  archives: 

The  petition  of  Timothy  Mossman,  which  humbly  craves  leave 
to  show  that  your  petitioner  lived  in  Dorchester,  Canada,  and  was 
drove  off  by  the  Indians  from  that  town,  and  thereby  I  lossed 
my  House  Moveables  and  Improvements,  and  being  impover- 
ished sold  my  land  there.  I  was  put  in  possession  of  the 
pottashfarm  by  virtue  of  a  Lease  from  Capt.  Plaisteed,  where  I 
did  much  labour  in  fencing  improveing  and  makeing  roads  to 
the  value  of  two  hundred  pounds  where  also  I  met  with  great 
sickness  in  my  person  &  family  and  was  further  reduced  by  the 
loss  of  the  possession  of  the  province  land  as  it  become  profita- 

Therefore  I  prav  your  Excellency  and  Honours  from  your 
own  goodness  and  humanity  to  compassionate  my  distress'd  cir- 
cumstances and  forgive  me  the  debt  I  owe  the  Province  and 
give  me  a  small  tract  or  tracts  of  province  land  that  may  be 
found  to  lye  betwixt  Westminster  and  Leominster  that  is  use- 
less to  the  govern't  or  the  sum  of  200/  or  equivolente  in  land, 
and  as  in  duty  bound  shall  ever  pray. 


In  answer  to  this  petition  of  Mr.  Mossman  the  General  Ct)urt 
ordered  June  12,  1764,  "  that  the  sum  of  twelve  pounds,  being  a 
debt  due  from  the  petitioner  to  the  province,  be  remitted  to  him 
in  full  answer  to  his  petition." 

In  1760  he  resided  in  Princeton  and  was  living  on  the  pot- 
ash farm  in  that  town.    Afterward  he  resided  in  Westminster 
and  d.  Sept.  5.  1801,  ae.  92. 
281.    V.        Samuel,  b.  May  23,  1719;  m.  Abigail  Fletcher. 

81.  Samuel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  John,  John),  bap.  Weston,  Mass.,  July  17, 
1687;  m.  at  Stratford,  Conn.,  Jan.  18,  1721,  Anne  Laboree. 

Samuel  was  the  son  of  Nathaniel  Whitney  of  Weston,  for  in  the  administrator's 
account  of  his  (the  father's)  estate  he  refers  to  him  as  "son  of  Stratford."  Stephen  Whit- 
ney Phoenix,  in  his  extensive  genealogy  of  Henry  Whitney,  of  Connecticut,  and  his 
descendants,  is  in  error  in  giving  the  descendants  of  Samuel  and  claiming  that  he 


was  of  the  Connecticut  family.    Samuel  owned  the  covenant  in  the  Congregational 
church  at  Stratford  July  7,  1723.     His  grave  stone  reads  as  follows: 

Here  lies  buried 

the  Body  of   Mr. 

Samuel  Whitney 
who  Departed  this 
Life  December  ye 

6,  1753  in  ye  66th 
year  of  his  age. 

His  wife  survived  him,  for  in  1754  she  had  a  life  lease  of  certain  premises  of  her  son. 
He  d.  Dec.  6,  1763,  ae.  66;  res.  Stratford,  Conn. 

282.     i.  Sarah,  b.  Aug.  29,  1723;  m.  Nov.  6,  1746,  Daniel  Foote,  b.  there 

July  26,  1717;  res.  Stratford  and  Newtown,  Conn.     He  d.  June 
28,  1790,  ae.  72.    She  d.  Dec.  14,  1803,  ae.  74.    The  family  record 
says  she  d.  Nov.  2,  1794,  ae,  73. 
Mary,  b.  Nov.  19,  1725;  m.  Edward  Osborne. 

Samuel,  b.  Dec.  13,  1727;  m.  Hannah  Judson  and  Martha . 

Anne,  b.  Nov.  16,  1730. 

89.    John  Whitney  (Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  July  29,  1680;  m.  Feb 
22,  1703,  Sarah  Cutting,  dau.  of  Zachariah,  b.  1675. 

He  was  one  of  the  original  grantees  of  land  at  Paris,  Me.,  in   1735.     His  will  is 
dated  Nov.  17,  1749,  proved  Dec.  15,  1760;  owned  property  in  Weston  and  Waltham. 
He  d.  in  1760;  res.  Weston,  Mass. 

Isaac,  b.  Sept.  2,  1710;  m.  Elizabeth  Gale. 
Zachariah,  b.  Dec.  28,  1711;  m.  Sarah  Boynton. 
John,  b.  June  22,  1714. 

Abraham,  b.  Aug.  8,  1716;  m.  Tabitha  Allen. 

Joseph,  b.  Oct.  2,  1719;  m.  prob.  Mar.  11,  1743,  Mary  Child;   b. 
June  10,  1722;  res.  Waltham,  Mass. 

92.     Benjamin  Whitney  (Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  June  30,  1684;  m 
Mar.  1,  1709,  Elizabeth  Fiske,  b."  Jan.  20,  1685. 

His  will  is  dated  June  14  and  was  proved  Nov.  8,  1736.     He  d.  Oct.,  1736;  res. 
Watertown,  Mass. 

Joseph,  b.  Dec.  3, 1710;  m.  Mary  Child. 
Benja.min,  b.  Sept.  14,  1712;  m. 

























Samuel,  b.  Nov.  22,  1715;  m.  Mary  Clark. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Mar.  9,  1718;  m.  Nov.  26,  1747,  William  McCune, 

of   Weston.    Ch.:  Lydia,  b.  Oct.,  1748;  Isaac,  b.  May  31,  1750. 

She  prob.  m.  2d, ;  child.    (See  her  bro.  Samuel's  will.) 

96.     Benjamin  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  John),  bap.   Watertown,   July   10, 

1698;  m.  Rebecca . 

res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Mary,  b.  July  12,  1733. 

Benjamin,  b.  Aug.  25,  1736.     Did  he  go  to  Norwalk,  Conn.? 

Rebecca,  b.  Feb.  4,  1738. 

Samuel,  b.  Apr.  7,  1742.     Did  he  m.  Lydia  Prentice;  b.  Mar.  11, 

1738;  m.  Jan.  16,  1765;  he  of  W? 
JosiAH.-b.  June  17,  1746. 
Henry,  bap.  Jan.  12,  1745. 
Lydia,  bap.  Oct.  18,  1747. 
Sarah,  bap.  Sept.  10,  1749. 

Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  June  15,  1694;  m. 

Susan  — '- ;  m.  2d  Oct.  6,  1737,  Bethia  Cutter;  b.  July  9,  1714  (see  Cutter  Gen.,  p. 

77);  m.  3d  Nov.  28,  1764,  Mrs.  Beriah  (Bemis)  (Child)  Pierce,  wid.  of  Joseph  Pierce, 
formerly  wid.  of  Daniel  Child,  and  dau.  of  John  Bemis;  b.  June  23,  1681.     She  d.  in 
Weston  in  1768,  and  left  her  property  to  her  children  by  Daniel  Child. 
He  d.  in  1776;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

303.  i.  Susanna,  bap.  May  31,  1730;  m.  John  Dean. 

304.  ii.         John,  bap.  Mar.  17,  1731;  m.  Mary  Benjamin. 

305.  iii.       Jonathan,  bap.  Apr.  30,  1732. 

306.  IV.        Amos,  bap.  Nov.  10,  1734.      Was  he  a  rev.  soldier  from  Barre, 


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307.  V.         Abraham,  b.  Dec.  7,  1736;  m.  Elizabeth  Whitney  (dau.  of  Joseph) 

and  Mary  Mead. 

308.  vi.        Moses,  bap.  Sept.  3,  1738. 

309.  vii.       EzEKiEL,  bap.  Apr.  12, 1741;  m.  Catherine  Draper  and  Catherine 


310.  viii.     Stephen,  b.  Apr.  23,  1743;  ni.  Relief  Stearns. 

311.  ix.       Aaron,  bap.  Apr.  12,  1746. 

312.  X.         Ruth,  bap.  July  6,  1748;  d.  Apr.  5,  1751. 

99.  Ensign  David  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  June  16, 
1697;  m.  1720,  Rebecca  Fillebrown,  b.  in  Cambridge,  Nov.  6,  1695,  d.  1749. 

He  was  one  of  the  original  proprietors  of  land  at  Paris,  Me.,  in  1736. 
He  d.  in  1745;  res.  Watertown  and  Waltham,  Mass. 

313.  i.  Rebecca,  b.  Nov.  2.  1721;  m.  July   18,   1745.   Thomas   Stowell, 

b.  Sept.  28,  1719,  d.  Jan.  11, 1755;  res.  Waltham.  Ch.:  Rebecca, 
b.  Sept.  9,  1746;  m.  Apr.  2,  1767,  Abraham  Child;  David,  b.  Feb. 
7,  1748;  Elizabeth;  b.  June  14,  1752;  m.  1774,  Aaron  Brown. 

314.  ii.         David,  b.  Sept.  25,  1723;  m.  Mary  Merriam. 

315.  iii.       Anna,  b.  Aug.  8,  1725;  m.  June  4,  1752;  Samuel  Merriam,  b.  Dec. 

21,1723;  res.  Lex.  and  Westminster,  Mass.  Ch.:  Anna,  b.  Oct.  10, 
1753;  m.  Warren  and  Harris;  Eunice,  b.  June  22,  1755;  m.  John 
Fessendon;  Samuel,  b.  Mar.  25,  1757;  m.  Elizabeth  Fessendon; 
Ruth,  bap.  Feb.  25,  1759;  m.  Richard  Graves;  Tabitha,  bap. 
Dec.  28,  1760;  Nathan,  bap.  Apr.  29,  1764;  m.  Abigail  Holden; 
Jonathan,  bap.  Feb.  22,  1767;  m.  Betsey  Harris. 

Nathan,  b.  Mar.  12,  1726;  m.  Tabitha  Merriam. 

Ruth,  b.  Feb.  23,  1728;  d.  Apr.  23,  1757. 

Josiah,  b.  Nov.  22,  1730;  m.  Sarah  Lawrence. 

Jonas,  b.  June  25, 1733;  m.  Sarah  Whittemore. 

Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  10, 1735;  d.  Apr.  9,  1757. 

100.  Ensign  Daniel  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  July  17, 
1700;  m.  Dorothy  Tainter,  dau.  of  Dea.  Simon  and  Joanna  (Stone)  Tainter,  b.  1706;  d, 
Aug.  7,  1788. 

He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  in  the  Watertown  companv,  commanded  by 
Capt.  Barnard.  Was  selectman  1751-5'5-59-60-61-62.  He  d.  about '1775;  res.  Water- 
town,  Mass. 

^1.     i.         Benjamin,  b.  Apr.  12,  1723;  m.  Deliverance . 

32U.  ii.  Abigail,!).  June  5,  1725;  m.  Mar.  17,  1745,  Edmund  Fowle.  He 
wasa  cordwainer;  res.  Watertown.  (See  Court  Records,  Dec.  10, 
1752.)  Ch.:  Abigail,  b.  Nov.  11,  1745;  m.  Apr.  29,  1767,  Joshua 
Brown;  Edmund,  b.  Dec.  31,  1747;  m.  Mary  Cook;  Mary,  b. 
Nov.  21,  1749;  Dorothy,  b.  Jan.  27,  1752;  m.  Jonathan  Brewer; 
Ebenezer  Smith,  b.  Mar.  25,  1754;  m.  Susan  Jackson;  John,  b. 
Feb.  1,  1756;  m.  Mary  Cook;  Lucy,  b.  Aug.  11,  1758;  m.  John 
Meacham;  Jeremiah,  b.  Dec.  17,  1760;  m.  Polly  Caper;  Samuel, 
b.  Dec.  18,  1762. 

322.  iii.      Simon,  b.  Mar.  20,  1727;  m.  Marv  Ruggles  and  Mary  Seaver. 

323.  iv.      Joanna,  b.  Sept.  20,  1729;  m,  Sept.  20,  1750,  John  Cooke,  b.  Mar.  31, 

1724;  res.  Watertown.  Ch.:  Daniel,  b.  May  22,  1762;  Daniel,  b. 
Mar.  26,  1764;  m.  Esther  Cook;  Mary,  b.  Apr.  27,  1756;  m.  Ed- 
mund   Fowle,  Jr.;    John,  b.  Sept.  12,  1757;  m.  Susanna  ; 

Lucy,  b.  Nov.  29,  1759;  Israel,  b.  Oct.  21.  1761;  Stephen. 

324.  V.         Mary,   b.  Sept.  10,1731;  m.  June   10,  1762,  Major  John  Wood- 

bridge,  b.  July  24,  1732;  m.  in  So.  Hadley.  He  was  captain  in 
the  French  and  Indian  war  8  vears  and  was  major  in  the  Rev. 
war.  Hed.  of  apoplexy  Dec.  27.  1782.  She  d.  Aug..  1805.  Ch.: 
Dorothy,  b.  May  2.  1763;  d.  unm.;  Lucy.  b.  Jan.  6,  1765;  m. 
James  Doahe,  Jr.;  John,  b.  Julv  12.1769;  d.  unm.  Dec.  2.  1836; 
.Martha,  b.  Jan.  8,  1771;  m.  John  Dunlop  and  d.  July  12.  1830; 
Rev.  Benj.  Ruggles.  b.  June  1,  1775;  gr.  Dart.  1796;  settled  in 
Norwich,  Conn.,  Huntington  and  So.  Hadley ;  d.  unm.  May  8, 1844. 
Major  John  res.  on  the  farm  in  So.  Hadley,  which  was  owned 
by  his  father-in-law. 

325.  vi.        Dorothy,  b.  May  31.  1733;  m.  Sept.  19, 1751,  Nathaniel  Coolidge. 

He  kept  a  public  house  from  1764  to  1770,  on  the  south  side  of 














the  river  at  Watertown  Bridge,  the  first  house.  He  d.  bef, 
1778.  Ch.:Susanna,  b.  Dec.  17,  1752;  m.  Nov.  11,1773,  Elkanah 
Wales,  of  Braintree;  Mary.  b.  Dec.  3,  1754;  m.  Sept.  3,1777, 
William  Hunt;  gr.  Harvard  Coll.  1768,  a  lawyer  of  Wat.; 
Daniel,  b.  May,  24,  1756;  m.  Elizabeth  Fessenden;  Nathaniel, 
b  May  4,  1760;  m.  Catherine  Baldwin;  Grace,  b.  Aug.  19,1763; 
d.  Dec.  5,  1769;  Nathan,  b.  Dec.  6,  1766;  m.  Betsey  Curtis  (a  son 
Carlos  gr.  Mid.  Coll.  1811,  lawyer,  state  senator;  res.  Windsor, 
Vt.,  Gov.,Vt.) 

Daniel,  b.  Dec.  7,  1735;  m.  Mary  Harrington. 

Joshua,  b.  Apr.  3,  1737;  m.  Mary  Clarke. 

Henry,  b.  Dec.  3, 1738;  m.  Hannah  Tombs. 

Israel,  b.  Aug.  6,  1741;  m.  Jemina  Robbins. 

Lydia,  bap.  1743. 

Grace,  b.  Oct.  22, 1746;  m.  Sept.  30, 1765,  Josiah  Biscoe,  b.  July  18, 
1740.  Shed.  Apr.  30, 1773,  and  hem.  Mary  Mason  ;res.Watertown. 
Ch.:  Daniel  Whitney,  b.  Nov.  17.  1765;  Grace,  b.  Oct.  2,  1767; 
m.  Apr.  21,  1796,  William  Winchester;  Thomas,  b.  Aug.  31, 
1769;   Leonard,  b.  Mar.  29,  1773;  res.  Walpole,  N.  H. 

332.  xiii.     Elisha,  b.  Feb.  27,  1747;  m.  Eunice  Farley. 

333.  xiv.     Lucy,  b.  June  30,  1749;  m.  May  22,  1766,  Benjamin  Dana,  of  Cam- 

bridge, b.  Apr.  6,  1741,  son  of  William  and  Mary  (Green)  Dana. 
The  date  of  her  death  seems  to  be  very  uncertain,  for  her  grave- 
stone at  Arlington  (formerly  W.  Cambridge)  gives  the  date  as 
follows:  "  Died  at  W.  Cambridge,  Dec.  11,  1814,  aged  66,"  while 
some  family  papers  say  Dec.  18,  1814,  and  the  histories  of 
Watertown  and  Cambridge  say,  "Died  Dec.  15,  1815,  aged  65." 
By  her  second  marriage  she  did  not  have  any  children.  By  the 
first  marriage  four  children  were  born:  William,  Elisha  Whit- 
ney, Anne,  and  Jonathan. 

102.  Moses  Whitney  (Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  1690;  m.  Elizabeth ;  m" 

2d  Nov.  20,  1766,  Sarah  Gary. 

^  He  madehis  will,  July  12, 1774;  lodged  for  probate  June  3, 1778.  One  shilling  was 
paid  for  recording  his  death,  per  adm.  accounts.  He  made  bequests  in  his  will  to 
Abigail,  wife  of  Ezra  Farnsworth,  of  Groton  (dau.  of  Ephraimand  Mary  (Whitney), 
Pierce  and  Jemima  Walker,  of  Charlestown,  N.  H.  He  d.  May,  1778;  res.  Littleton 
and  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

334.  i.         Salmon,  b.  Jan.  8, 1712;  m.  Sarah . 

335.  ii.        Aaron,  b.  Mar.  14, 1714;  m.  Alice  Baker  and  Mrs.  Ruth  (Hubbard) 


336.  iii.       Sarah,  b.  Sept.  29,  1716;  m.  June  11,1734,  Jonathan  Wood,  of  Stow. 

Ch.:  John,  Barnabas,  and  Mehitable,  who  m.  Col.  Ebenezer 
Bridge,  of  Fitchburg. 

337.  iv.       Barnabas,  b.  Jan.  22,   1721;  prob.  d.  bef.  1778,  not  mentioned  in 

his  father's  will. 

338.  V.         Ephraim,  b.  Mar.  1.  1723;  m.  Jane  Bancroft. 

3.39.     vi.        Bazaleel  (or  Beraleel, I,  b.  Nov.  29,  1726;  same  as  Barnabas, 

340.  vii.      Lydia,  b.   Lancaster;  m.  Dea.  Samuel  Taylor,    of    Templeton, 


341.  viii.     Mary,  b.  Lancaster;  m.  Feb.  22,  1753,  John  White,  of  Lancaster, 

the  son  of  Josiah  and  Abigail  ( Whitcomb)  White,  b,  Lancaster, 
May  10,  1729;  d.  Canaan,  Me.,  in  1820;  res.  Leominster  and 
F"itchburg,  Mass.  Ch.:  Betsey,  Lydia,  m.  Edward  Hartwell  and 
moved  to  Me.  in  1780,  and  John. 

103.  Abraham  Whitney  (Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  May  29,  1692;  m.  Mary 
Stone,  dau.  of  Isaac,  b.  1698;  d.  Oct.  7,  1766;  m,  2d  Elizabeth . 

In  1749  he  gave  his  son,  Abraham,  Jr.,  land  given  him  by  his  father,  Moses.  His 
will  is  dated  May  13,  1768,  and  was  published  May  8,  1782.  He  d.  May,  1782;  res. 
Stow,  Mass. 

342.;  i.         Jemima,  b.  Oct.  14,  1715;  d.  young. 

343.  ii.         Kezia,  b.  Oct.  8,  1716;  m. Hale. 

344.  iii.        Ephraim,  b.  Apr.  6,  1723;  d.  young. 

345.  iv.       Abraham,  b.  July  31,  1724;  m.  Marcy  Perry. 

346.  V.        Isaac,  b.  Jan.  24,  1726;  d.  Aug.  21,  1746. 


347.  vi.        Mary,  b.  Oct.  28,  1729;  m.  Nov.  22,  1748,  Silas  Jewell,  Jr.,b.  May 

4,  1726. 
They  res.  Stow.     He  d.  Sept.  15,  1778,  ae.  86-3-17  days,  as  per  gravestone.  Ch.: 

Mercy,  b. ;  m.  Furbush;  Lucy,  b. ;  m.  Whitcomb;  Eunice,  b.  Nov.  28, 1754; 

m.  Ephraim   Maynard;  Ch.:  Levi,  Mary,  Ephraini,  Lydia,  Luther,  Calvin,  Abigail, 

Levica  and  Eunice.    Mary,  b. ;  m.  Abner  Danton.  Ch.:  Susannah,  Betsey,  William, 

Mollis,  and  others.     Silas  C,  b.  Sept.  9,  1751;  d.  Feb.  27,  1837. 

104.  Jonas  Whitney  (Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  Feb.  1,  1699;  m.  Jan. 
19,  1723,  Dorcas  Wood;  d.  Feb.  22,  1725;  m.  2d  Mar.  12,  1726,  Margaret  Stratton. 

His  will  is  dated  Dec.  12,  1769;  inventory  of  estate  made  Oct.  15,  1770.     He  d. 
Sept.  18,  1770;  res.  Stowe  and  Harvard,  Mass. 

348.  i.  Jonathan,  b. ;  prob.  d.  young. 

349.  ii.         Dorcas,  b. ;  d.  Feb.  22,  1725. 

350.  iii.        Jonas,  b.  July  2,  1727;  m.  Zebudah  Davis. 

351.  iv.        Ephraim,  b.  Sept.  19,  1728;  m.  Marcy  Winslow. 

352.  V.         Timothy,  b.  Feb.  1,  1729;  m.  Alice  Whitney. 

353.  vi.        Moses,  b.  Oct.  17,  1733;  m.  Betty  Hutchins. 

354.  vii.       Ruth,  b.  Sept.  8,  1736;  m.  Feb.  19,  1776,  Jonathan  Adams. 

355.  viii.      Aaron,  b.  July  2,  1740;  m.  Anna  Lawrence  and  Sally  Pollard. 

356.  ix.        Margaret,  b.  Oct.  22,  1731;  m.  Jan.  22,  1756,  Jonas  Wheeler, 

of  Petersham. 

105.  Jason  Whitney  (Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  1704;  m.  Arabella ; 

b.  1703;  d.  Sept.  28,  1785. 














Jason  Whitney  was  one  of  the  committee  of  four  to  seat  the  meeting  house  in 
Grafton  Nov.  15,  1738.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  the  company  from 
Stow  under  Capt.  Whitcomb.  He  d.  in  .Stow  Feb.  19,  1785;  res.  Stow,  Grafton, 
and  Stow,  Mass. 

Priscilla,  b.  Mar.  13,  1728. 

Micah,  b.  Nov.  9,  1730. 

Bl'lah,  b.  Dec.  7,  1732. 

Lois,  b.  Mar.  2,  1735. 

DiMMERAS,  b.  May  29,  1737. 

Eunice,  b.  Aug.  5,  1739. 

Sarah,  b.  June  8,  1741. 

106.     Le.muel  Whitney    (Moses,    Richard,  John),   b.   (youngest   son    as    per 

father's  will)  Aug.  1,  1714;  m.  ;  Sibel ;  d.  prob.  1799. 

1799,  Abram  Whitney,  Jr.,  of  Stow,  land  once  of  Sibel  Whitney,  late  of  Stow,  de- 
ceased, now  m  right  of  Isaac  Whitney.     Nabby  Whitney  a  witness. 

1798,  Elias  Whitney,  of  Stow,  sells  to  Ab.,  Jr.,  all   right  in  land  set  off  to  my 
mother  Sibel  as  estate  of  Lemuel,  of  Stow,  deceased.     Hezekiah  Whitney  a  witness. 
He  d.  Jan.  23,  1755;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

Le.muel,  b.  June  16,  1735;  d.  Nov.  14,  1738. 

Sibel,  b.  Jan.  14,  1736;  d.  Apr.  17,  1740. 

Marcy,  b.  Mar.  10,  1742;  d.  Sept.  30,  1753. 

Anna,  b.  June  4,  1745;  d.  Oct.  6,  1753. 

Isaac,  b.  Mav  25,  1747;  m.  Lvdia  Taylor. 

Lydia,  b.  Oct.  10,  1749;  d.  Oct.  7,  1753. 

Elias,  b. ;  m.  Rachel — . 

Lemuel,  b.  1738;  m.  Elizabeth . 
















107.  John  Whitney  (Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow;  m.  in  Lancaster  May  20, 
1724,  Rebecca  Whitney,  of  Stow.  He  was  at  this  time  of  Lancaster.  He  resided  in 
Lancaster  on  territory  which  was  subsequently  annexed  to  Shirley  in  1765.  It  was 
at  his  house  that  the  first  town  meeting  was  held,  when  the  people  took  their  first 
step  as  a  body  politic.  This  was  later  purchased  for  a  workhouse  and  almshouse. 
It  was  used  for  that  purpose  for  many  years,  but  afterward  became  a  private  dwell- 
ing.    He  d. ;  res.   Stow,  Lancaster,  and   Shirley,   Mass.     The  following  petition 

began  the  separation  of  Shirley  from  Groton: 

To  the  inhabitants  of  the  town  of  Groton,  assembled  in  town  meeting  on  the  first 
day  of  March,  1747,  the  petition  of  us,  the  subscribers,  being  all  inhabitants  of  the 
town  of  Groton  aforesaid,  hereby  showeth  that  your  petitioners  all  live  in  the  extreme 
parts  of  the  town,  and  by  that  means  are  incapacitated  to  attend  the  public  worship 
constantly,  either  ourselves  or  families;  and  bemg  sensible  that  our  being  set  off  in 











order  for  a  precinct  will  be  of  great  service  to  us,  we  desire  that  we  may  be  set  off 
by  the  bounds  following,  viz:  Beginning  at  the  mouth  of  the  Squannacook  river,  and 
to  run  up  said  river  till  it  comes  to  Townsend  line,  and  then  by  Townsend  and  Lunen- 
burg lines  till  it  cometh  to  Groton  southwest  corner,  and  so  by  the  south  line  of  said 
town  until  it  cometh  to  Lancaster  river,  and  then  down  said  river  till  it  cometh  to 
Harvard  corner,  and  then  about  a  mile  on  Harvard  north  line;  then  turn  north  and 
run  to  the  waste  brook  in  Coicors  (Cauicus  or  Nonacaiucus)  farm,  where  people  gen- 
erally pass  over,  and  from  thence  to  the  mouth  of  Squannacook  river,  where  we  first 
began;  and  your  petitioners,  as  bound  in  duty,  shall  ever  pray,  etc. 

John  Whitney  &  32  others. 
The  prayer  of  the  petitioners  was  granted,  and  Shirley  was  incorporated  in 

John,  b.  Mar.  20, 1725;  m.  Hannah  Sawtell. 
Sarah,  b.  Feb.  5, 1726-27. 

Ezra,  b.  Aug.  24,  1731;  m. . 

BuLAH,  b.  Jan.  23,  1730. 

Abner,  b.  Jan.  21,  1734;  m.  Sarah  Hilton. 

109.  Richard  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.,  in  1694; 
m.  Hannah  Whitcomb,  dau.  of  Josiah,  of  Lancaster,  b.  1693;  d.  Nov.  17,  1743; 
m.  2d  int.  Oct.  26,  1745,  Mrs.  Hannah  Ayers,  b.  in  1704;  d.  Sept  27,  1775.  In 
her  will  she  bequeathed  property  to  her  son  Joseph  Ayers,  of  Cambridge,  dau, 
Hannah  Stacey,  and  son-in-law  Daniel  Whitney.  He  d.  Apr.  27,  1775;  res.  Stow, 

377.  i.  Mary,  b.  Nov.  24,  1715;  m. Gates. 

378.  ii.  Dorothy,  b.  Apr.  13,  1718;  m. Taylor. 

379.  iii.  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  13,  1720;  m.  Dorothy  Goss. 

380.  iv.  Hannah,  b.  Mav  29, 1723;  m. Wetherbee. 

381.  V.  Richard,  b.  Jul'y  31, 1725;  m.  Mary  Perry. 

382.  vi.  Elizabeth,  b.  July  23, 1728;  m.  (int.)  Apr.  15, 1748,  Joseph  Wether- 

bee; d.  before  1775.     Ch.:  Jonathan,  Joseph,  and  Jonas. 

383.  vii.      Josiah,  b.  Oct.  12,  1731;  m.  Sarah  Farr  and  Sarah  Dwelly. 

384.  viii.     Sarah,  b. ;  m.  Dec.  23,  1769,  Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitcomb,  of 


110.  Dea.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  in  Stow,  Mass., 
Feb.  26,  1699;  m.  in  Lancaster,  Jan.  29,  1718,  Alice  Willard,  b.  Dec.  1699;  d.  Feb.  19, 
1792.  She  was  the  daughter  of  Simon,  who  was  born  in  Groton,  Oct.  8,  1678,  and 
who  married  Mary  Whitcomb.  They  resided  in  Lancaster  when  Alice  was  born. 
The  father  died  in  1706  and  the  widow  married,  Dec.  12  of  the  same  same  year, 
Samuel  Farnsworth.  Alice  owned  the  covenant  and  was  baptized  in  Lancaster 
July  20,  1718.  At  the  time  of  his  marriage  Jonathan  was  styled  captain.  He  was 
one  of  the  most  prominent  residents  in  Harvard;  was  captain  of  the  military  com- 
pany, deacon  in  the  church,  and  one  of  the  first  selectmen  in  Harvard. 

He  signed  the  covenant  of  the  First  Church  in  Harvard  in  1733. 
Lancaster  May  ye  20  1724. 

4  they  Receved  a  Report  of  a  Committy  sent  out  on  the  propozition  of  John 
Warner  John  Darbey  and  Jonathan  Whitney  which  was  as  followeth  viz  May  the 
Eighteenth  1724  we  the  Subscribers  marked  Severall  Waies  viz  one  Hiway  Beginmg  at 
the  Hiway  neer  to  Caleb  Sawyers  barn  and  Ran  as  the  markes  directs  to  a  white  oak 
a  Corner  of  John  W'arners  Land:  and  do  alow  it  to  Run  Twenty  Rods  along  side  of 
John  Warners  Land:  but  .Samuell  Warner  appeered  in  said  Meeting  and  made  an 
offer  that  if  the  Town  would  Lay  out  the  said  Hiway  along  by  his  Hous  and  Gabriell 
Preists  Hous  through  there  Land  that  they  to  wit  Grabiell  Preist  and  Samuell  Warner 
would  Give  the  Land  free  and  would  be  at  half  the  Charge  of  Makeing  and  Keeping 
in  Repare  the  way  through  there  Land  the  Committey  also  Gave  there  voice  that  it 
might  be  as  servesable  to  the  publick. 

Two  of  the  constables'  lists  for  the  year  1723  have  by  chance  been  preserved, 
and  one  of  them  is  that  of  Samuel  Warner,  who  lived  at  Bare  Hill.  This  may  serve 
as  a  census  of  polls  for  that  year  in  the  Lancastrian  portion  of  Harvard,  though 
allowance  must  be  made  for  a  few  who  lived  upon  what  is  now  Bolton  soil.  The  list 
contains  sixty  names,  with  a  total  assessment  of  ;^27]ls.  9d.  for  minister's  rates,  and 
;^34  6s.  lOd.  for  town  rates;  which  was  almost  exactly  one-third  the  total  amount  of 
town's  taxation  in  1723.  Among  the  names  are  Jonathan  Whitney,  John  Whitney  and 
Isaiah  Whitney. 


The  associated  secessionists  from  the  three  towns  at  once  appealed  to  the  Gen- 
eral Court  in  a  petition  which  is  preserved  only  in  such  abstracts  as  were  incor- 
porated in  town  meeting  warrants,  and  in  a  later  plan  of  the  lands  petitioned  for. 
The  petition  was  read  in  the  House  of  Representatives  July  2,  and  notice  of  a  hear- 
ing was  ordered  given  to  the  towns  concerned.  August  7,  1730,  the  voters  of  Lan- 
caster were  warned  to  a  town  meeting: 

*  *  *  to  show  cause  (if  any  the  town  have)  by  agents  or  otherwise 
on  ye  second  Tuesday  of  ye  next  session  of  ye  General  Court,  why  ye  prayer  of 
a  petition  signed  /  Simon  Stone  Juner,  Jonathan  Whitney  and  Thomas  Wheeler, 
on  behalfe  of  themselves  (and  as  they  say  on  behalfe  and  at  ye  desire  of  sun- 
dery  of  ye  Inhabitants  of  ye  Towns  of  Lancaster,  Stow  and  Groton)  wherein  they 
prey  that  a  Considerable  part  of  ye  Towns  of  sd  Lancaster,  Stow  and  Groton  may 
be  incorporated  into  a  Distinct  and  Seperate  Township,  should  not  be  Granted. 

The  town  voted  that  their  representative  "do  oppose  said  petition  on  behalf 
of  ye  Town,"  and  appointed  a  committee  to  survey  the  part  of  Lancaster  peti- 
tioned for  and  to  obtain  all  necessary  information  in  regard  to  the  numbers  and 
estate  of  the  petitioners. 

In  Groton,  at  the  town  meeting  August  17: 

The  Petition  of  Simon  Stone  Junr.  Jont.  Whitney  and  Thomas  Wheeler,  In 
behalf  of  Theirselves  &  others  Refering  to  a  New  town  sjip  to  be  made  out  of 
ye  towns  of  Lancaster  Groton  and  Stow  refered  to  ye  Great  &  General  Court  at 
their  Session  in  June  Last  was  Read  Togather  with  the  town's  vote  of  March 
Last  Refering  to  the  Said  affair  and  some  Debate  had  thereon.  It  appeared  to 
ye  Town  that  if  the  Said  Petition  be  Granted  this  town  will  be  greatly  hurt  and 
many  of  the  Inhabitants  much  Damfnifyed  and  incomoded  Therefore  voted  that 
Benja.  Prescott  and  Nathaneil  Sawtell  Esqs.  together  with  ye  Representative  Mr. 
John  Longley  be  a  Committee  Jointly  or  Severally  to  make  answer  to  the  Said 
Petition  and  use  their  best  Endeavors  That:  No  part  of  this  Town  on  the  West 
Side  of  Nashua  River;  nor  any  more  on  the  East  Side  of  the  said  River  than 
what  is  Discribed  In  the  Town  vote  above  mentioned  may  be  set  off  or  annexed 
to  the  town  Petitioned  for  &c.  Any  former  vote  to  ye  Contrary  Not  with  Stand- 

In  1733  Jonathan  Whitney  was  chosen  deacon. 

In  1750  the  committee  appointed  for  the  purpose  of  seating  the  meeting  house 
reported  Dea.  Jonathan  Whitney  in  the  fore  Seat  below. 

He  d.  Nov.  8,  1773;*  res.  Stow,  Lancaster,  and  Harvard,  Mass. 
Oliver,  b.  July  22,  1731;  m.  Abigail  Hutchins. 
Calkb,  b.  Oct.  4,  1729;  m.  Annes  Church. 

Hezekiah,  b.  Apr.  14,  1735;  m.  Lydia and  Lucy  Pollard. 

Simon,  b.  Mar.  20,  1719;  m.  Olive ,  and  Patience  Haseltine. 

Jonathan,  b. ;  m.  Sarah  Holt. 

Betsey,  b. ;    m.  Mar.  5,  1740-1,  Phinehas  Wetherbee  of 

Alice,  b.  Apr.  2,  1733;  m.  Timothy  Whitney  (see). 
RuHAMAH,  b.  July  19,  1737;  m.  Abel  Davis  of  Harvard.  He  was 
son  of  Eleazer  and  Sarah  ( Willard)  Davis,  and  was  b.  Mar.  1, 1736. 
Sarah,  b.  Sept.  10,1758;  Ruhamah,  b.  Oct.  2,  1759;  Eleazer,  b. 
Oct.  20,  1764;  Eleazer,  b.  Aug.  6,  1766;  Abel,  b.  June  30,  1768; 
Sarah,  b.  July  31,  1770;  Levi,  b.  Apr.  1,  1772;  Joel,  b.  July  28, 
1774;  Moses,  b.  July  6,  1776;  Alice,  b.  June  7,  1778,  at  Stow. 

393.  ix.        Sarah,  b.  June  10,  1740;  d.  Dec.  26,  1746. 

394.  X.         Phinehas,  b.  Sept.  5,  1727. 

111.  Joshua  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.,  1706  m.  Zer- 
viah ;  res.  Stow.  Mass. 

395.  i.         Sarah,  b.  Nov.  26,  1733. 

396.  ii.         Mary,  b.  Nov.  29,  1743. 

397.  iii.        Caleb,  b.  May  23,  1749. 

398.  iv.        Joshua,  b.  Aug.  27,  1747;  m.  Marcy . 

117.  Zachariah  Whitney  (Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  about  1708;  m.  at 
Pomfret,  Conn.,  July  30,  1730,  Ruth  Taylor.  It  is  not  learned  where  Zachariah 
Whitney   was   born,   but   probably  in  some  town  in  Massachusetts  to  which  place 

*  Tombstone  says  he  was  78  years  of  age. 


































his  parents  removed  prior  to  locating  in  Pomfret.  In  1742  he  withdrew  from  the 
church  there  and  at  that  time  was  one  of  the  "Separists."  He  d. ;  res.  Pom- 
fret,  Conn. 

Mary,  b.  June  25,  1731. 

Zachariah,  b.  Oct.  27,  1732;  m.  Sarah  Stanton. 

Moses,  b.  June  27,  1735;  d.  Apr.  24,  1756. 

Aaron,  b.  Nov.  1,  1737;  m.  Mary  Peck. 

Ephraim,  b.  Apr.  27, 1740. 

Joseph,  b.  Nov.  5,  1743;  m.  Mary  Lyon. 

Benjamin,  b.  Nov.  5,  1743. 

Ruth,  b.  Apr.  5, 1746. 

Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  25,  1750;  d.  Mar.  11,  1756. 

118.     Ezekiel  Whitney  (Ebenezer,  Richard^  John),  b. ;  m.  at  Pomfret, 

Conn.,  July  18,  1728,  Isabel  Taylor;  d.  Apr.  15,  1731;  m.  2d  time  July  22,  1731, 
Sarah  Farrah. 

He  was  a  farmer,  was  born  and  resided  in  Pomfret  until  after  his  marriage  when 
he  moved  to  Plainfield,  where  he  was  living  as  early  as  March,  1734.  He  probably 
moved  elsewhere  after  1742. 

In  the  probate  court  at  Plainfield  Hester,  Lydia  and  Major  (minor  children  of 
Ezekiel  Whitney)  appeal  for  guardian  Feb.  12,  1751.  Guardian  appointed  Feb.  12, 
1751.  Ezekiel  Whitney,  inventory  of  estate  Feb.  12,  1751.  Sarah  Whitney,  distribu- 
tion to  heirs  Sept.  7,  1759. 

He  d.  in  1751;  res.  Pomfret  and  Plainfield,  Conn. 

408.    i.  Ezekiel,  b.  Oct.  22, 1729,  Pomfret;  m.  Elizabeth  Knight,  Deborah 

Tryal,  Desire  Landers. 

Ebenezer,  b.  Oct.  22,  1729;  m. . 

ISABELLE,  b.  Apr,  13,  1731. 
Zerviah  (dau),  '.-.  Mar.  15,  1732. 
Hester,  b.  Plainfield,  Mar.  6,  1734. 
Lydia,  b.  May  2,  1737. 
Aaron,  b.  Sept.  6,  1739;  d.  bef.  1751. 
Moses,  b.  Sept.  10,  1742;  d.  bef.  1751. 

120.  Thomas  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.,  July  17,  1681; 
m.  in  Concord  July  26,  1704,  Mary  Baker,  of  Concord. 

May  19,  1719,  in  the  old  proprietor's  book  in  Stow  is  the  following  relating  to 
division  of  lands:  "Thomas  Whitney  joining  to  his  half-moon  meadow  and  Mr. 
Googeii's  land."     Res.  Stow,  Mass. 

416.  i.  Samuel,  b.  July  22,  1714;  m.  Grace . 

417.  ii.         David,  b.  Oct.  4,  1722;  m.  Olive  Sawyer  and  Mrs.  Sarah  (Wilder) 

(Rugg)  Hill. 

418.  iii.       Joseph,  b.  1716;  m.  Hannah  (Sanborn)  Chandler. 

122.  John  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.,  May  13,  1684;  m. 
Mar.  2,  17U9,  there,  Elizabeth  Barnard,  b.  Oct.  29,  1684;  d.  prob.  June,  1757. 

When  the  grant  of  the  township  of  Bolton  was  made  it  was  "ordered  that  Mr. 
John  Whitney,  a  principal  inhabitant  of  a  new  town,  lately  erected  out  of  the  town  of 
Lancaster,  in  the  county  of  Worcester,  be  and  hereby  is  fully  authorized  and 
empowered  to  assemble  the  freeholders  and  other  qualified  voters  there,  as  soon  as 
may  be,  in  some  convenient  place  in  said  town,  in  order  for  their  choosing  a  town 
clerk  and  all  other  town  officers,  to  stand  till  the  anniversary  meeting  of  said  town  in 
March  next,"  1738. 

Her  will  is  dated  May  8,  1756,  and  was  probated  July  15,  1757. 

He  d.  in  1757;  res.  Stow,  Lancaster  and  Boston,  Mass. 

419.  i.  Elizabeth,  b. ;  m.  Sept.  30,  1740,  Jonathan  Sawyer,  Jr.,  in 


420.  ii.         Sarah,  b.  Oct.  2,  1716;  m.  int.  Jan.  18,  1737,  Abraham  Whitney 


124.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Oct.  7,  1687;  m.  Feb.  7, 
1710,  Sarah  Barrett,  b.  Nov.  28,  1692;  d.  Feb.  15,  1730;  m.  2d,  1730,  Abigail  Bridge, 
dau.  of  Matthew,  b.  Apr.  1,  1696;  d.  Aug.  1,  1767,  in  Boston. 

He  was  one  of  the  first  of  the  family  to  settle  in  Boston,  about  1737.  His  estate 
was  appraised  at  ^{^4,168.  He  first  bought  land  in  Marlboro,  Nov.  2,  1710,  321  acres, 
with  house  and  barn,  of  Samuel  Morse.    In  1711  he  was  of  Simon  Mainard's  garrison. 
















He  owned  large  tracts  in  Marlboro,  partly  inherited  from  John  and  Deborah  Barrett. 
In  his  will,  dated  Oct.  19,  and  proved  Nov.  9,  1737,  he  speaks  of  himself  as  late  of 
Marlboro,  now  of  Boston,  and  therein  wills  to  his  son,  Solomon,  his  "  Xarragansett 
right"  (Petersham),  showing  service  in  the  Indian  wars.  He  d.  in  Oct.,  1787;  res. 
Marlborough  and  Boston,  Mass. 

421.  i.         Deborah,  b.  Nov.  7,  1711;  m.  Mar.  17,  1730,  Joseph  Wheeler;  res. 

Marlboro,  Mass.,  b.  Apr.  19,  1700.  He  d.  Apr.  23,  1772,  Ch.: 
Sarah,  b.  Aug.  8,  1730;  m.  Jan.  9,  1752,  Samuel  Morris;  Silas,  b. 
Oct.  23,  1732;  m.  Julv  27,  1758,  Abigail  Bowker;  John,  b.  Feb. 
23,  1734;  Solomon,  b.'Feb.  25,  1736;  d.  Nov.  26,  1773;  David,  b. 
May  4,  1738;  d.  young;  Joseph,  b.  June  14,  1740;  Elizabeth,  b. 
Apr.  4,  1742;  David,  b.  Dec.  8,  1744;  Miriam,  b.  Dec.  4,  1746; 
Dinah,  b.  Jan.  1,  1749;  d.  young;  Dinah,  b.  Dec.  1,  1750;  For- 
tunatus,  b.  Apr.  29,  1754. 

422.  ii.    .  Barrett,  b.  Sept.  22,  1715;  m.  June  16,  1737,  Elizabeth  Allen;  res. 

in  Boston,  Mass. 

423.  iii.      David,  b.  June  21,  1717;  m.  Mercy . 

424.  iv.      Persis,  b.  Jan.  10,  1719;  m.  Nathan  Goodale  of  Marlboro;  b.  June 

10,1709;  d.  Jan.  14,1780.  He  died  during  the  "hard  winter," 
and  such  was  the  depth  of  the  snow  that  his  remains  were  drawn 
to  the  graveyard  on  a  hand-sled  by  men  on  rackets,  though  the 
yard  was  several  miles  distant  from  his  residence.  Ch.:  Nathan, 
b.  Mar.  14,  1737;  m.  Dmah  Weeks;  Timothv,b.  Jan.  20,  1739;  d. 
Feb.  11, 1739;  Elizabeth, b.  Feb.  25,  1740;  m.  Josiah  Winn;  Sarah, 
b.  Aug.  15,  1742;  m.  Josiah  Ward;  res.  Henniker,  N.  H.;  Solo- 
mon, b.  Sept.  19,  1744;  m.  Mehitable  Burnap  and  Persis  Bailey; 
res.  Wardsboro,  Vt.;  Persis,  b.  Nov.  7,  1745;  David  ,  b.  Aug.  14, 
1749;  res.  Shrewsbury;  Miriam, b.  July  14,  1751;  m.  Elisha  Allen; 
Lucy,  b.  July  3,  1753;  m.  Otis  Howe;  Abner,  b.  Aug.  22,  1755;  m. 
Molly  Howe;  Timothy,  b.  Oct.  18,  1757;  d.  1776  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary army;  Levina,  b.  Nov.  22,  1759;  Job,  b.  Aug.  20,  1762;  m. 
1794,  Lydia  Foote;  res.  Bernardston.  He  was  a  judge  of  the  old 
Court  of  Sessions  and  prominent  man  in  the  county. 

425.  v.        Solomon,  b.  Dec.  20,  1721;  m.  Elizabeth  Smith. 

426.  vi.       Sarah,  b.  July  13,  1723;  m.  1745,  Abraham  Joslin;  b.  Apr.  30,  1704. 

He  had  formerly  m.  Jemima  Snow  of  Woburn,  who  d.  July  3, 
1745.  Ch.  by  Sarah  born  in  Marlboro,  where  they  resided;  Ben- 
jamin, b.  Julv  3,  1746;  m.  Persis  Carlev;  Wm.,  b.  Oct  30,  1747;  d. 
1766;  Submit',  b.  Mar.  10,  1749;  Abraham,  b.  Mar.  24,  1751;  Sarah, 
b.  Dec.  5.  1752;  Dinah,  b.  Dec.  3,  1754;  John,  b.  June  2,  1757; 
Elizabeth,  b.  June  2,  1760;  Henry,  b.  Oct.  23,  1762. 

427.  vii.      Timothy,  b.  July  6,  1725;  d.  young. 

428.  viii.      Dinah,  b.  July   12,    1727;    m.  Jan.  2,  17.56,   Elijah  Livermore,  of 

Boston.  She  died  Sept.  30,  1759,  having  one  daughter,  Abigail, 
who  m.  Rev.  Elisha  Scott  Williams,  gr.  Yale  1775;  11  ch.  Their 
daughter,  Sarah  Potter  Williams,  b.  1782,  gave  his  first  lesson  in 
the  spelling  book  to  Dr.  Henry  Bond,  the  comjiiler  of  that 
remarkable  work,  the  Genealogies  and  History  of  Watertown. 

429.  ix.        Job,  b.  Oct.  22,  1729;  gr.  Harvard  College,  1758;  d.  unm.  June  13, 

1761.  He  was  the  second  of  the  name  to  graduate  at  Harvard, 
and  died  three  years  later.  Every  member  of  his  class,  except- 
ing himself,  was  present  at  commencement  to  take  the  degree  of 
A.  M.,  and  it  is  the  only  class  of  which  every  surviving  member 
has  been  present  in  person  to  take  the  second  degree.  Before 
graduating  he  "supplied  ye  desk"  for  several  months  on  the 
south  side  of  the  river  (Brighton).  At  the  time  of  his  death,  he 
was  about  preaching  as  a  candidate  at  Marblehead,  to  be  col- 
league with  Rev.  Johii  Barnard.  In  his  will,  1761,  he  mentions 
his  cousin,  Silas  Whitney. 

430.  X.         Abigail,  b.  May  13,  1731 ;  m.  Samuel  Austin;  his  second  wife.   She 

d.  s.  p.  He  and  his  brother,  Benjamin  Austin,  were  of  the 
leading  merchants  of  Boston,  who  first  opposed  the  aggressions 
of  the  Crown.    She  d.  s.  p.,  1793. 

431.  xi.        Benjamin,  b.  May  9,  1732;  d.  Mar.  22,  1751. 

432.  xii.      George,  b.  Mar.  22,  1733;  d.  Dec.  26,  1751. 


433.  xiii.     Samuel,  b.  Sept.  5,  1734;  m.  Abigail  Cutler. 

434.  xiv.     Ann,  b.  Oct.  23,  1736;  m.  Dec.  22,  1761,  William  Bowes,  of  Boston. 

She  d.  s.  p.  Jan.  2, 1762.  He  was  b.  Dec.  3, 1734,  and  d. at  London, 
Eng.,  Apr.,  1805;  he  m.  for  second  wife  Mary  Stoddard,  and  had 
several  children. 

125.     Nathan  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Nov.  18,  1689;  m.  Nov.  18' 

1719,  Mary  Holman,  dau.  of  Jeremiah  and  Abigail. 

He  made  his  will  in  1755,  and  it  was  proved  in  1761. 
The  following  is  from  the  Probate  Records  at  Cambridge,  Mass.: 
To  the  Honnarble  Samuel  Danforth  Esq  Sr  this  is  to  in  form  you  Honner  that  I 
Have  lesed  out  my  plas  this  yer  for  my  support  But  my  son  Nathan  who  is  excuter 
with  me  on  his  Fathers  will  Hath  melisted  the  man  that  Had  the  les  stoped  His  teem 
abused  the  man  I  will  inform  your  Honner  that  I  have  not  Bin  well  so  that  I  have 
Not  acomplished  my  my  Besness  so  as  to  com  Down  my  self  But  I  Hop  to  com 

Ps     I  am  a  por  wido 
an  very  Nevetus  Her 

Mary  X  Whitney 
May  ye  17th  1763 
Mr  Samuel  Danforth  Esq  sr  Sir  as  to  the  complaint  my  mother  sent  to  you 
Honour  conserning  my  hindering  ye  man  she  had  lessed  her  place  fo  the  peace  he 
was  to  work  on  was  in  mine  and  as  I  had  orders  from  your  honour  and  ye  superiur 
court  I  think  I  had  aright  to  hinder  any  man  from  improveing  ye  whole  of  ye  Land 
this  year  to  keep  me  out  of  more  then  twenty  pounds  Lawfell  and  a  nother  year 

Besides  Sundery  other  Debts  however  Sir  1  must  leve  this  to  your  honour 

not  as  to  my  abuse  to  him  I  think  I  have  as 

much  Cause  to  Come  plain  of  their  abuse  to  me  for  I  Desired  he  would  not  go  on  till 
their  was  some  thing  agreed  on  or  some  farther  orders  about  it  )ie  said  he  would  go 
on  afraul  me  and  if  I  would  not  go  off  ye  Land  he  would  knock  me  Down  and  turned 
the  But  of  his  stick  &  struck  at  me  sundry  times  &  mother  &  ye  widow  Azubah 
Whitney  Came  Railing  and  thretning  me  and  John  warner  still  thretning  to  knock 
me  Down  sprang  and  took  up  a  stone  I  Beleve  to  ye  value  of  three  or  four  pounds 
weight  at  Least  and  I  sprang  at  him  to  prevent  him  from  hurting  me  with  it  and  he 
Closed  in  with  me  and  strove  to  fling  me  Down  But  I  flang  him  Down  and  mother 
and  Azubah  Cryed  murder  with  all  their  mights  and  Came  Reuling  and  threatning 
me  mother  with  apole  at  ye  Least  six  or  seven  feete  Long  Crying  you  lode  I  will 
knock  your  Brains  out  thus  1  was  surrounded  by  these  three  and  I  told  him  I  cauld 
hold  him  as  Long  as  I  pleased  and  I  would  hold  him  till  he  would  promiss  to  I  to  be 
peacable  and  then  he  might  Get  up  as  soon  as  he  would  and  I  never  struck  nor 
thretned  to  strike  him  or  hurt  him  in  any  manner  what  soever  and  as  to  mother 
haveing  any  thing  to  do  as  Executor  on  the  will  1  would  Desire  your  Honour  to  look 
op  the  papers  shee  sent  to  your  honour  that  is  in  ye  Regesters  office  in  ye  will,  and 
it  may  perhaps  give  you  satsfaction  so  Desiering  truth  and  justice  may  take  ptach  in 
all  thmgs  I  subscribe  your  most  humble  servant 

Nathan  Whitney 
He  d.  in  1761;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

Nathan,  b.  Mar.  6,  1723;  m.  Tabitha  Barnett. 

Mary,  b.  June  4,  1727;  m. Priest. 

Jeremiah,  b.  Apr.  1, 1729;  m.  Elizabeth and  Azabah . 

Phebe,  b. ;  m.  June  28,  1749,  John  Warner,  Jr.,  of  Harvard; 

res.  Harvard,  Mass.  Ch.:  Abigail,  b.  Julv  4,  175U;  Sarah,  b. 
June  7,  1753;  Phebe,  b.  Feb.  18,  1754;  Pers'is,  b.  Mar.  19,  17.S7; 
Nabby,  b.  July  16,  1759;  John,  b.  Mar.  16,  1762;  David,  b. 
Nov.  3,  1766. 

439.  V.        Eunice,  b. ;  m.  May  29,  1751,  Moses  Warner,  of  Harvard. 

131.    Thomas  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  bap.  Jan.  28,  1699;  m.  July  1, 

1720,  Hannah  Smith. 

He  was  a  farmer.     The  inventory  of  his  estate  was  made  May  8,  1748.     He  d.  in 
1748;  res.  Shrewsbury  and  Marlboro,  Mass. 

440.  i.  Eleazer,  b.  Nov.  30,  1720;  d.  1738. 

441.  ii.        Thomas,  b.  Sept.  2,  1722;  m.  Anna  Gould. 

442.  iii.       Hannah,  b.  July  17,  1724;  m.  Eben  Sanderson. 

443.  iv.       Nathan,  b.  Mar.  3,  1726. 









444.  V.        Joshua,  b.  May  14, 1728. 

445.  vi.       Susanna,  b.  May  17,  1729. 

135.  Eleazer  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  bap.  Apr.  15,  1702;  m.  Nov. 
9,  1743,  Mary  Grow;  d.  .Sept.  4,  1761. 

Eleazer  was  born  in  Watertown,  and  resided  in  that  part  of  Marlboro  subse- 
quently incorporated  as  Westboro.  The  inventory  of  his  estate  was  made  Dec. 
11,  1760.  The  estate  was  settled,  according  to  Worcester  Probate  Records,  Oct. 
24,  1767.     He  d.  Sept.  14,  1758;  res.  Marlboro  and  Westboro,  Mass. 


Mary,  b.  Sept.  18,  1744;  m. 





Samuel,  b.  Dec.  2,  1746;  m.  Levinah  Bigelow. 
Deborah,  b.  Jan.  30,  1749;  d.  Sept.  10,  1750.  • 
Alexander,  b.  July  2,  1751;  m.  Lois  Carroll. 
Joshua,  b.  Apr.  26,  1754;  m.  Betty  Wood. 
Hannah,  b.  June,  1757. 

136.  Elnathan  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  May  5,  1705;  m.  in  Rox- 
bury  Sept.  24,  1728,  Sarah  Perry,  b.  1702;  d.  Oct.  22,  1756.  He  d.  Apr.  18,  1759;  res 
Waltham,  Mass. 

Elnathan,  b.  Mar.  8,  1729;  d.  young. 

John,  b.  Mar.  3,  1730;  m.  May  31,  1753,  Mary  Benjamin,  b.  Feb 
16,  1734;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Aaron,  b.  July  15,  1734;  m.  Margaret . 

Samuel,  b.  June  16,  1736;  d.  young 











459.    viii. 

Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  9,  1738;  m.  Abigail  Brown. 

Elnathan,  b.  Mar.  28,  1741;  m.  Lucy  Allen. 

Sarah,  b.  Feb.  13,  1745.     She  prob.  never  m.;  in  1766  she  res.  in 

Uxbridge  with  her  bro.  Aaron,  and  at  that  time  was  single. 
Samuel,  b.  Dec.  28,  1751. 

137.  Tames  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  bap.  June  1,  1708;  m.  Nov.  8' 
1722,  Mercy  Flagg,  b.  May  13,  1702;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Mercy,  b.  Sept.  5,  1723. 
Abigail,  b.  Mar.  17,  1725. 
Lydia,  bap.  Mar.  30,  1729. 
Allen,  b.  Oct.  19,  1731;  d.  1736. 
Eunice,  b.  Mar.  3,  1734;  d.  1736. 
Eunice,  b.  Jan.  9,  1737;  d.  1740. 
Allen,  b.  May,  1740;  d.  Dec,  1740. 

James,  b.  Oct.  26,  1743.    He  served  as  corporal  in  the  Revolution- 
ary war  in  a  Marlborough  company. 

138.  Jonas  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),b.  1709;  bap.  July  14,1723,  ae.  15; 
m.  in  Roxbury  May  8,  1735,  Sarah  Perry,  both  of  Roxbury;  res.  Roxbury,  Mass. 



















Isaac,  b.  Apr.  11,  1736;  d.  Jan.  4,  1777. 

Jacob,  b.  July  24,  1737;  m.  Rachel  Whiting. 

Jonas,  b.  Nov.  28,  1739. 

Sarah,  b.  Feb.  26,  1741;  m.  1775,  NehemiahWard.     She  d.  Sept. 

28, 1824. 

Abner,  b.  Nov.  17,  1744;  m. . 

Desire,  b.  Oct.  31,  1749;  m.   1769,  Edward  Ward.     She  d.  June 

23,  1778. 

140.  Isaiah  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Cambridge,  Mass.,  June  1, 
1700;  m.  1730,  in  Harvard,  Elizabeth  Whitney.  She  lived  to  be  106  years  of  age.  He 
was  born  in  Cambridge  farms,  Lexington,  Mass.,  in  1700,  and  soon  after  marriage 
moved  to  Harvard,  where  he  purchased  land  of  Caleb  Sawyer  on  Bare  Hill  in  1722, 
where  he  followed  his  trade,  that  of  blacksmithing.  He  joined  the  Harvard  church 
in  1733,  and  his  wife  the  following  year  He  died  intestate  in  1737.  The  inventory 
of  his  estate  was  made  Sept.  5,  1737,  by  Jonathan  Whitney  and  others. 

A  warrant  calling  a  town-meeting  on  Monday,  the  eighteenth  day  of  May,  1730, 
discloses  the  ambition  of  the  villagers  at  Bare  Hill,  an  article  in  it  being: 

Also  to  Consider  Conclude  and  act  what  may  then  be  thought  ])roper  to  be  done 
in  Setting  off  a  part  of  ye  Town  of  Lancaster  by  meets  and  bounds  or  by  allowing  a 
dividing  line  to  be  made,  begining  at  the  Southern  end  of  ye  Causey  near  to  the 
House  of  Samuel  Wilson  and  Run  West  northwest  to  ve  west  line  of  Lancaster  Old 


Township,  or  so  much  Land  lying  on  ye  northerly  side  of  sd  Causey  as  maybe  Judged 
soficient  for  to  make  a  Township  with  that  part  of  Stow  and  Groton  whose  inhab- 
itants have  agread  and  Covenanted  with  the  petitioners: 

Among  the  petitioners  are  Isaiah  Whitney,  John  Whitney  and  Jonathan 

He  d.  Aug.  9,  1737;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

474.  i.         Betty,  b.  Jan.  3,  1733;  m.  prob.  Dec.  15,  1774,  Thomas  Atherton  of 


475.  ii.        Isaiah,  b.  Nov.  28,  1735;  m.  Persis  Randall. 

143.  Dr.  Elijah  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Lexington,  Mass.,  Apr. 
3,  1707;  m.  Dec.  8,  1736,  Rebecca  Winship,  b.  Dec.  7,  1717.  She  m.  2d  in  Harvard, 
Jan.  25,  1764,  Dea.  Joshua  Whitney,  of  Stow.  Inventory  of  his  estate  was  made  Apr. 
25,1755.    The  estate  was  divided  Dec.  31,  1770. 

He  signed  the  first  church  covenant  in  1733.  The  farm  of  Elijah  Whitney  was 
located  from  land  rights  purchased  before  the  incorporation  of  Harvard.  His  son 
Israel  succeeded  to  the  homestead,  and  was  followed  by  Luther  and  Luke.  It  is  now 
owned  by  Michael  Sweeny.  The  first  dwelling  here  probably  stood  in  the  orchard 
opposite  the  present  house.  This  property  Elijah  purchased  of  James  Atherton.  He 
died  Feb.  19,  1754;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

476.  i.  Mary,  b.  June  26,  1738;  m.  Mar.  17,  1759,  Micah  Stone  in  Har- 

vard. He  was  b.  Apr.  10,  1735;  res.  Harvard.  Ch.:  Solomon,  b. 
Mar.  22,  1761;  Mary,  b.  Aug.  7,  1762;  Micah,  b.  Aug.  13,  1764. 

477.  ii.         Elias,  b.  June  11,  1740;  d.  Apr.  12,  1755. 

478.  iii.        Rebecca,  b.  May  24,  1743;  m.  Sept.  19,  1759,  Paul  Whitcomb,  of 


479.  iv.         Lydia,  b.  May  7,  1746;  m.  Feb.  27, 1769,  in  Bolton,  Phinehas  War- 

ner, of  Harvard.  He  was  b.  July  27,  1740;  res.  Harvard.  Ch.: 
Rebecca,  b.  Dec.  24,  1769;  Israel,  b.  Nov.  17,  1771;  Ephraim,  b, 
Apr.  16,  1774;  Lydia,  b.  Oct.  19,  1775;  Aaron,  b.  Oct.  2,  1780. 

Israel,  b.  Dec.  29,  1748;  d.  Jan.  9,  1749. 

Israel,  b.  June  22,  1751;  m.  Hannah  Mead. 

Elijah,  b.  July  8,  1755  (Posthumous);  m . 

145.  Jonas  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Cambridge,  Mass.,  Nov.  27, 
1711;  m. . 

He  went  with  his  brother  Isaiah,  Jr.,  from  Lexington,  Mass.,  Cambridge  farms,  to 
Harvard,  probably  then  called  Stow  (leg)  and  buying  a  farm  of  200  acres  or  so,  accord- 
ing to  tradition,  which  is  supported  by  facts.  He  was  a  blacksmith  and  had  a  shop 
on  the  old  farm;  later  he  went  to  the  center  of  the  town  and  set  up  business  there  on 
his  own  account,  and  was  there  when  the  town  was  incorporated  in  1732.  He  was 
admitted  to  the  church  when  it  was  organized  and  was  a  respected  citizen.  The 
geography  of  Stow  offers  some  difficulties  to  the  correct  understanding  of  records 
and  traditions.  Some  of  the  Whitneys  moved  from  Stow  to  Harvard  without  leav- 
ing their  farms. 

He  signed  the  first  church  covenant  in  1733. 

146.  Abraham  W^hitney  (Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  bap.  Lexington,  Mass., 
Feb.  19,  1710;  m.  Jan.  18,  1737,  Sarah  Whitney,  of  Lancaster,  dau.  of  John  and  Eliza- 
beth (Lee)  b.,  Oct.  2,  1716,  d.  July  4,  1800. 

Abraham  Whitney's  farm  was  directly  north  of  Elijah's  and  was,  like  his, 
chiefly  from  the  James  Atherton  estate.  Abraham  Whitney  senior  bought  lands 
here  of  Joseph  Kent  in  1743,  and  built  on  the  opposite  side  of  the  highway  from  the 
house  now  owned  by  Thomas  Mongovin,  where  traces  of  his  dwelling  can  be  seen. 
The  house,  now  the  home  of  Cephas  Bowers,  was  built  by  Abraham  Whitney,  Jr., 
in  Revolutionary  days. 

In  seating  the  meeting  house  in  Harvard  in  1766,  Abraham  Whitney  was  given  the 
second  seat  below.     He  d.  May  19,  1784;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

■""      ■  Elizabeth,  b.  Mar.  22,  1739;  d.  Aug.  11,  1739. 

Sarah,  b.  May  16,  1740;  d.  Dec.  26, 1746. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Apr.  16, 1742. 

Mary,  b.  Sept.  16, 1744. 

John,  b.  Oct.  3,  1746;  m.  Sarah  Atherton. 

Abraham,  b.  Dec.  20, 1748;  m.  Rebecca  Dudley. 

Isaiah,  b.  Oct.  6,  1751 ;  m.  Sarah . 





















490.  viii.     Elijah,  b.  Feb.  15, 1754;  m.  Sarah  Stearnes. 

491.  ix.       Ann,  b.  May  2,  1760. 

151.  Shadrach  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Oct.  12,  1698;  m.  Jan, 
5,  1731,  Mrs.  Prudence  Laurence,  wid.  of  Thomas.     She  d.  Dec.  25,  1762. 

Shadrach  Whitney,  son  of  Jonathan  Whitney,  and  brother  of  Amos,  the  giver  of 
the  Townsend  parsonage,  was  born  in  Watertown,  in  1698.  He  was  in  Townsend 
before  it  was  chartered,  in  1732.  The  Groton  records  contain  his  marriage:  "Jan.  5, 
1731-2,  Shadrach  Whitney,  of  ye  North  Town  to  Prudence  Lawrence."  He  was 
rather  a  prominent  man,  and  served  in  several  committees,  ajipointed  by  the  projjri- 
etors,  to  lay  out  and  apportion  the  undivided  lands  equally  among  them.  He  lived 
in  that  part  of  the  town,  which  was  left  in  Mason,  by  the  running  of  the  Province 
line.  It  appears  that  in  1753  he  had  "a  house  and  barn,  and  about  twenty  acres 
cleared  and  fenced,  and  a  young  orchard,"  in  that  town.  He  owned  lands  in  Mason, 
Townsend  and  Groton.  In  Aug.,  1733,  the  Townsend  proprietors  held  a  meeting  "at 
ve  publick  meeting  house,"  the  principal  object  of  which  was  "to  see  if  ye  said  pro- 
jirietors  think  it  convenient  to  grant  a  recompense  (to  Ephraim  Sawtell)  for  any  land 
which  may  be  flowed  by  erecting  a  dam  upon  Squannacook  river,  near  ye  house  of 
John  Patt  in  order  to  sett  upp  mills  for  the  benefit  of  said  Proprietors."  A  grant  of 
land  was  awarded  to  said  Sawtell  at  that  meeting.  The  following  record  in  connec- 
tion with  that  vote  is  here  presented: 

"The  Subfcriberf  whofe  namef  are  underwritten  (being  diffatisfied  with  the 
Vote  of  ye  Proprietorf  in  granting  an  Equivolent  for  Landf  which  may  be  flowed  of 
afore  Said)  have  Decented  againft  ye  proceedingf  of  faid  vote.  Ebenezer  Wyman, 
Samuel  Kendall,  Amos  Whitney,  Jasher  Wyman,  Shadrach  Whitney. 

Atteft:     Jasher  Wyman,  Proprietor's  Clerk." 

Some  time  in  the  latter  part  of  his  life  he  moved  from  Mason  to  Groton,  where, 
on  the  20th  of  July,  1764,  he  made  his  will,  which  was  proved,  approved,  and  allowed 
on  the  14th  of  the  following  August.  After  making  several  bequests  to  relatives  and 
friends,  he  gave  the  town  of  Groton  forty  pounds,  to  be  put  upon  interest  "in  such 
a  way  and  manner  as  they  shall  think  fit,  so  that  the  interest  thereof  may  be 
improved  and  applied  to  the  support  of  the  ordained  minister  of  the  town  of  Groton, 
from  time  to  time,  forever  hereafter." 

The  Whitneys,  from  that  time  to  the  present,  have  been  noted  for  their  liberal 
donations,  both  to  religious  and  scientific  objects.  As  in  the  flowage  case  cited,  they 
have  always  done  their  own  thinking,  and  were  always  ready  to  place  themselves 
squarely  on  record. 

He  d.  July,  1764,  s.  p.  His  will  is  dated  July  20,  and  is  proved  Aug.  14,  1764. 
Both  are  buried  in  the  old  burying  ground  in  Groton;  res.  Townsend,  Mass. 

154.  Zaccheus  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  in  Sudbury  Nov.  16, 
1707;  m.  in  Concord,  May  23,  1734,  Mary  Wheeler. 

In  1725,  when  but  18  years  of  age,  with  his  brother  Isaac  he  enlisted  and  served 
in  the  Colonial  militia,  and  took  part  in  many  of  the  skirmishes  and  battles  with  the 
Indians.  He  was  left  in  1725  at  the  fort  in  Ossipee  ("the  river  of  the  pines")  by  Capt. 
John  Lovewell.  He  was  probably  killed  by  the  Indians.  All  the  earlier  historians 
erroneously  refer  to  him  as  "  Zachariah  of  Concord." 

His  will  was  made  in  1730;  his  brother,  Shadrach,  was  executor.  He  was  a  glazier 
by  trade,  and  at  his  decease  owned  lands  in  Township  No.  3,  on  the  easterly  side  of 
Conn  river.     He  d.  in  1739;  res.  Bedford,  Mass. 

492.  i.         Zaccheus,  b. . 

493.  ii.         Jonathan,  b.  1736;  m.  Mary  Wyman  and  Lucy  Smith. 

157.  Timothy  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Feb.  20,  1709;  m.  May 
24,  1738,  Submit  Parker.  She  m.  2d  June  11,  1741,  Reuben  Woods,  of  Groton.  He 
d.  1740;  res.  Townsend  and  Groton,  Mass. 

494.  i.  Sybil  Whitney,  b.  Mar.  31,  1739;  m.  Peter  Gilson  and  Oliver 


158.  Daniel  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  1710;  m.  Mar.,  1739, 
Thankful  Allen, dau.  of  Elnathan  and  Mercy  (Rice)  Allen;  b.  Dec.  1, 1713,  in  Sudbury, 

He  was  born  in  Sudbury,  but  married  his  wife  in  Shrewsbury.  He  resided  on 
the  Bannister  farm  in  the  north  precinct.  Was  highway  surveyor  in  1760.  Res. 
Shrewsbury,  Mass. 

495.    i.       Levi,  b.  Dec.  5, 1739;  m.  Rebecca  Clark  and  Mrs.  Lydia  (Randall) 








Timothy,  b.  Oct.  25, 1743;  m.  Catherine  Davenport. 

Daniel,  b.  Sept.  4,  1746;  m.  Catherine  Stone. 

Sarah,  b.  Sept.  9,  1749;  m.  Dec.  17,  1769,  Nathan  Bannister,  of 
Brookfield  and  Shrewsbury.  He  was  the  s.  of  Joseph,  of  Brook- 
field,  and  res.  in  the  s.  w.  part  of  now  Boylston,  on  the  farm  that 
was  previously  her  father,  Whitney's,  where  he  d.  Aug.,  1^25,  ae. 
78.  His  wife  d.  June,  1817;  ae.  68.  Ch.:  Joseph,  b.  Oct.  18, 1770; 
m.  Elizabeth  Stone,  and  d.  in  N.  J.;  Thankful,  b.  Mar.  28,  1773; 
m.  Thos.  H:>rlow;  Nathan,  b.  Jan.  7,  1775;  m.  Sarah  Champney; 
rem.  to  Southboro;  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  13,  1777;  m.  Anna  Drury; 
rem.  to  Gardner;  Sarah,  b.  Nov.  20,  1778;  m.  Annah  Harlow; 
Seth,  b.  Nov.  3,  1780;  m.  Mary  Hastings;  John,  b.  Sept.  23,  1783; 
ni.  Lucy  Howe;  Luke,  b.  Mar.  16,  1786;  d.  1802;  Mary,  b.  Sept. 
29,  1788;  m.  Nathan  R.  Tilton;  Emery,  b.  Sept.  29,  1791;  m. 
Lucy  Drury  and  Melinda  Drury. 

160.  Dea.  James  Whitney  (John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  in  Framingham,  Dec. 
28,  1692;  m.  Feb.  2,  1715,  Martha  Rice,  b.  Sudbury,  abt.  1692;  m.  2d,  1732,  Mrs. 
Elizabeth  (Holbrook)  Twitchell,  wid.  of  Joseph,  Jr.,' of  Sherborn,  b.  July  22,  1696; 
d.  Mar.  31,  1782.  He  was  admitted  to  the  church  Sept.  22,  1717.  They  were  dis- 
missed to  the  Sherborn  church  Mar.  28,  1728,  where  he  was  chosen  deacon  and 
died.     He  d.  Apr.  10,  1770;  res.  Framingham  and  Sherborn,  Mass. 

499.     i.         John.  b.  Apr.  10,  1716;  m.  Feb.  8,  1738,  Abigail  Perry,  of  Sher- 
born.    He  d.  in  Fram.  in  1741;  his  will  is  dated  Oct.  31,  s.  p. 
He  was  a  yeoman. 
James,  b.  June  4,  1718;  m.  Patience  Leland, 
Mary,  b.  May  12,  1720. 
Martha,  b.  Nov.  9,  1721. 
Benjamin,  b.  Jan.  13,  1723;  d.  young. 
Micah,  b.  June  4,  1725;  m.  Lydia  Mason. 
Benjamin,  b.  Oct.  23,  1727;  m.  Esther  Leland. 

Ezra,   b.    Feb.   22,  1730;  m.  Agnes  Ross,  Elizabeth ,  and 

Mercy  Morse. 
507.     ix.       Daniel,  b.  Dec.  13,  1733;  m.  Miriam  Leland. 

165.  JosiAH  Whitney  (Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  1698;  m.  in  Weston,  Feb.  28, 
1725,  Elizabeth  Grant,  of  Concord;  d.  in  Conn.;  m.  2d,  1737,  Mehitable  Fuller.  She 
d.  and  he  m.  3d,  Feb.,  1759,  Lydia  Ballard. 

Josiah  Whitney  was  born  in  Groton,  and  resided  in  the  southwest  part  of 
Chelmsford.  This  town  was  at  one  time  next  to  Groton.  In  1713  he  resided  in  that 
part  of  Chelmsford  which  was  annexed  to  Littleton.    At  the  death  of  his  father,  in 

1718,  he  petitioned  the  probate  court  to  have  his  uncle  John,  of  Wrentham,  formerly  of 
Sherborn,  fuller,  appointed  his  guardian.  In  1727  he  was  one  of  the  original  mem- 
bers of  the  church  in  Westford,  having  been  a  member  of  the  first  church  in  Chelms- 
ford. In  1729  he  moved  to  Willington,  Conn.,  where  he  afterward  res'ded.  He  pur- 
chased his  farm  in  the  latter  place  of  John  Arnold,  of  Mansfield,  Conn.,  for  i^l55 
N.  E.  currency.  At  this  time  he  was  called  "Josiah  Whittnie,  of  Cherfford  (Chelms- 
ford), in  the  Co.  of  Middlesex,  in  the  province  of  the  Massachusetts  Bay."  The 
deed  was  dated  June  27,  1729.     He  was  living  in  Bolton,  Conn.,  late  in  life. 

Mehitable  Fuller  was  the  daughter  of  Thomas,  and  was  b.  at  Xeedham,  Mass., 
Apr.  20,  1720.     Tohmas,  the  father,  was   b.   at    Dedham,  Feb.   28,  1689;  m.  Mar.  26, 

1719,  Mehitable  Herring,  b.  Oct.  18,  1797;  d.  at  Willington,  Conn.,  Oct.  17,  1754.  He 
was  a  weaver  and  resided  at  Needham  until  1732,  when  he  sold,  Apr.  18,  of  that  year, 
his  homestead  of  "forty  acres  of  land  near  Natick  upon  a  plain  called  Natick 
Plain,"  and  removed  to  Willington,  Conn.,  where  his  brother.  Rev.  Daniel,  was 
settled  over  the  Congregational  church.  He  purchased  a  large  estate  at  Willington, 
a  part  of  which  was  set  off  from  Ashford.  In  his  will,  probated  at  Hartford,  he 
mentions  sons,  David  and  Solomon,  and  daughters,  Mehitable  Whitney,  Esther  and 
Sarah.  Probably  Sarah  was  the  widow  of  his  son  Thomas.  The  following  from  the 
church  records  of  Needham  are  of  interest: 

"  Mar.  26,  1732.  Daniel  and  Thomas,  sons,  and  Mehitobel  and  Esther,  daus.  of 
Thomas  Fuller  and  Mehitobel,  his  wife,  our  sister  baptized.  June  4,  1732  Sister 
Mehitobel  Fuller  was  dismissed  and  recommended  unto  the  Church  of  Christ  in 
Wilmington  in  Conn."  ^ 

He  d.  June  26,1783;  res.  Chelmsford,  Littleton,  Westford,  and  \\  r'entham,  Mass., 
and  Willington  and  Bolton,  Conn. 












































Elizabeth,  bap.  July  13,  1735. 

Phinehas,  bap.  May  11,  1740. 

Peter,  b.  Apr.  10,  1738;  m.  Mercy  Case. 

JosiAH.  b.  May  26,  1740.     He  was  a  soldier  in  the  last  French  war, 

and  is  said  to  have  died  in  the  service. 
Thomas,  b.  May  7,  1742.    Same  as  Josiah. 
Miriam,  b.  May  31,  1744. 
Esther,  b.  May  6,  1746. 
Keziah,  b.  Aug.  24,  1749;  d.  infancy. 
Keziah,  b.  Apr.  4,  1751. 
Mehitable,  b.  July  3,  1755;  prob.  d.  young. 
LvDiA,  b.  Jan,  22,  1760;  d.  May  26,  1780. 
Mehitable,  b.  July  6,  1761. 
xiii.   JosiAH,  b.  Nov.  16,  1764;  m.  Mary  Loomis. 
Sarah,  b.  Apr.  14,  1766;  d.  Nov.  1,  1782. 

166.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  1704.  He  was  the  largest 
:Subscriber  to  Prince's  Chronology,  24  copies;  inventory,  ^^87-11-1,''^.  He  left  wid. 
(name  not  given.)  His  father  died  in  1718,  when  he  was  but  14  years  of  age,  and  he 
made  application  to  the  probate  court  to  have  his  uncle  Benjamin  appointed  his 
guardian.  Ebenezer  Mann  was  administrator  of  his  estate  in  1770.  His  estate  was 
settled  in  1768.     Left  a  widow,  name  not  given.    He  d.  1768;  res.  Wrentham,  Mass. 

169.  Joseph  Whitney  (Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  prob.  in  Chelmsford,  Mass., 
1710;  m.  in  Groton,  Dec.  6,  1737,  Abigail  Nutting,  b.  Groton,  Feb.  8,  1717. 

He  was  probably  born  in  Chelmsford  and  was  of  Groton  when  married,  and  may 
have  resided  in  that  part  of  the  town  known  as  the  second  precinct,  which  in  1753 
•was  set  off  and  incorporated  under  the  name  of  Pepperell.  His  three  first  childrens 
births  are  recorded  in  Groton.  In  1740  his  father,  Joseph,  of  Chelmsford,  deeded  him 
SL  farm  in  Pepperell,  which  was  in  the  family  for  over  100  years.  Pepperell  was  set 
off  as  a  distinct  parish  from  Groton  in  1742,  and  called  "Groton  West  Parish."  The 
first  legal  meeting  of  the  inhabitants  there  was  held  on  the  17th  of  January,  of  that 
year.  Joseph  Whitney  was  elected  one  of  the  selectmen  at  that  time.  He  kept  a 
public  house  and  was  called  "  Inholder."  He  d.  Nov.  12,  1786,  ae.  81;  res.  Groton 
^nd  Pepperell.  Mass. 

ABIGAIL,  b.  P.  Aug.  16,  1740;  m.  Dec.  12,  175t»,  Zaccheus  Farns- 

worth,  of  P. 
Benjamin,  b.  Oct.  27,  1741 ;  m.  Mary  Turner,  Rebecca  Fitch,  Olive 

Farnsworth,and  Anna  Woods. 
Lydia,  b.  P.  Aug.  10,  1743;  m.  Sept.  2,  1766,  Stephen  Pierce. 
Maria,  b.  May  30,  1746. 
Sybil,  b.  Dec.  25,  1748;  m.  at  Groton,  Aug.  14,  1771,  Stephen 

Lund,  of  New  Ipswich. 
Rebecca,  b.  Mar.  6,  1750. 
Joseph,  b.  June  26,  1753;  d.  Jan.  28,  1754. 
Joseph,  b.  Oct.  20,  1755;  m.  Mary  Woods. 
James,  b.  Dec.  6,  1767;  m. . 

171.  Ensign  James  Whitney  (Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Pepperell,  Mass.,  in 
1714;  m.  Ellenor . 

Ensign  James  Whitney's  heirs,  late  of  Dunstable,  Mass.,  signed  an  agreement  in 
1772,  as  per  record  in  the  Middlesex  county  probate  court,  and  those  mentioned  were 
James  and  Benjamin,  of  IJunstable,  Ellenor,  who  had  married  Francis  Pollard,  John 
and  Jonathan  Whitney,  of  Jaffrey,  N.  H.,  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Phineas  Bennett,  and 
Lucy,  wife  of  James  Bancroft.  James'  estate  was  settled  in  1757.  He  was  called 
*'  Gentleman  "  and  "  Ensign."  Joseph  Whitney, of  Pepperell,  inholder,  his  "  brother," 
was  administrator. 

Dunstable  was  originally  a  part  of  Groton;  for  fifty  years  was  a  frontier  settle- 
ment, and  suffered  much  from  incursions  of  the  Indians.*  In  1724  eleven  men  pur- 
suing them  were  waylaid,  and  all  except  Josiah  Farwell  killed.  In  May,  1725,  the 
celebrated  John  Lovewell,  with  a  company  of  forty-six  volunteers,  set  out  for  the 

*Froin  the  early  settlement  of  New  Hampshire,  Dunstable  was  a  very  large  territory,  as  most 
towns  were  in  those  days;  Dunstable  embraced  Nashiia,  Tyngsborough,  a  part  of  the  towns  of 
Groton,  Townsend,  Hollis,  Brookline,  Milford,  Hudson,  parts  of  Amherst,  Merrimack,  Litchfield, 
and  sections  of  ^ler  towns  in  New  Hampshire.  The  compiler  of  that  book  says:  More  romance 
-of  history  clusters  around  this  locality  than  attaches  to  most  others  in  the  state,  filling  with  poetry 
-the  memory  of  those  days  of  war's  alarms. 




















enemy.  He  came  up  with  them  at  Fryeburg,  Me.,  and  all  but  ten  of  his  men  were 
killed.  The  force  or  the  Indians  was  broken  and  Paugus,  their  leader,  slain.  The 
gallant  Lovewell  fell,  and  the  survivors,  after  great  suffering,  found  their  way  back 
to  the  settlement. 

About  1734  a  party  of  men  from  Dunstable,  Mass.,  went  out  on  a  hunting  expe- 
dition and  fell  into  the  hands  of  the  Ind  ans.  One  of  the  party,  Whitney*,  escaped, 
though  badly  wounded.  He  was  too  weak  to  think  of  returning  home  alone  through 
the  trackless  and  unpeopled  forest,  so  he  built  himself  a  hut  of  logs,  bark  and 
branches  of  trees,  and  there  passed  the  winter,  subsisting  chiefly  on  roots  and  cran- 
berries. In  the  spring  another  party  went  out  to  find  and  bury  the  dead,  and  came 
to  this  hut  which  they  supposed  to  be  that  of  an  Indian.  As  they  approached  they 
saw  something  stir  within  it.  One  of  the  party,  Timothy  Reed,  discharged  his  mus- 
ket, and  to  his  inexpressible  horror  found  that  he  had  killed  one  of  his  neighbors. 
His  sorrow  followed  him  to  the  grave.  Whitney  was  just  preparing  to  return  home, 
having  survived  his  wounds  and  all  the  perils  and  hardships  of  a  winter  in  the  wil- 
derness.    [Hist,  Dunstable,  Mass.,  p.  57,  and  Dunstable,  N.  H.,  p.  184.] 

The  two  histories  above  cited  do  not  give  Whitney's  christian  name.  The  tradi- 
tion in  the  family  is  that  local  histories  give  some  facts  of  the  shooting,  and  that  it 
occurred  on  the  shore  of  a  lake  in  Maine,  which  is  to  this  day  called  Whitney's  Pond. 
The  History  of  Temple,  N.  H.,  says:  "  Mr.  W^hitney  went  from  Dunstable  to  the 
Saco  river  just  before  Quebec  was  taken  by  the  English.  He  was  killed  by  Indians 
and  buried  at  Temple,  N.  H." 

He  d.  1755;  res.  Dunstable,  Mass.  and  N.  H. 

Ellenor,  b.  July  2o,  1740;  m.  Francis  Pollard,  of  Dunstable,  N.  H. 
James,  b.  Nov.  4,  1742;  m.  Sarah  Lund. 
John,  b.  Aug.  15,  1745;  m.  Mary  Jones. 
Jonathan,  b.  Aug.  15,  1745;  m.  Abigail  Hemenway. 
Elizabeth,  b.  May  21,  1748;   m.  Phinehas  Bennett,  of  Cocker- 
mouth,  Cheshire  Co.,  N.  H.;  res.  Rindge,  N.  H.     They  had  a  son 

James.     (Did  Elizabeth  m.  H. Butterick.) 

586.    vi.      Lucy,  b.  Jan.  5,  1755;  m.  James  Bancroft,  of  Packersfield,  N.  H.; 
res.  Rockingham,  Vt. 

174.  W^iLLiAM  Whitney  (William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.,  May  5, 
1701;  m.  at  Killingly,  Conn.,  July  16,  1728,  Mary  Whittemore. 

He  was  born  in  Groton,  Mass.,  and  removed  to  Connecticut  with  his  parents  when 
quite  young.  Settling  in  Killingly  he  resided  there  until  after  his  marriage,  when  he 
moved  to  Canaan,  not  far  from  1753.  He  was  a  cooper  by  trade,  but  followed  farm- 
ing nearly  all  the  latter  part  of  his  life.  While  residing  in  Killingly,  in  1728,  he  was 
elected  a  member  of  first  board  of  surveyors.     Res.  Killingly  and  Canaan,  Conn. 

687.    i.         William,  b.  Feb.  5,  1725;  m.  Arcoucher  Dutcher  and  Jane » 

638.  ii.        Tho.mas,  b.  Feb.  28,  1727;  m.  Elizabeth  Boardman. 

639.  iii.      Abigail,  b.  July  4,  1741. 

176.  Joshua  Whitney  (William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.,  Nov.  1,  1714; 
m.,  Plainfield,  to  Amy  Blodgett.     He  d. ;  res.  Plainfield,  Conn. 

540.  i.  Joshua,  b.  Mar.  26,  1750;  m.  Sally  Cochran. 

541.  ii.        Benjamin,  b.  Oct.  1755;  m.  Sarah  Bassett. 

542.  iii.       Probably  others. 

177.  Dea.  John  Whitney  (William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  prob.  in  Groton,  Jan.  30, 
1717-18;  m.  Elizabeth ;  b.  in  1719;  d.  May  14,  1790. 

He  was  probably  born  in  Groton,  Mass.,  though  his  will  is  recorded  at  Plainfield, 
Conn.,  to  which  place  his  parents  had  removed  when  he  was  quite  small.  After  his 
marriage  he  moved  to  Canaan,  where  he  was  a  prominent  citizen  and  farmer.  He 
was  a  leading  member  of  the  Congregational  church,  and  for  some  years,  until  his 
death,  was  deacon  of  the  same.  He  was  buried  in  South  Canaan,  and  his  estate  was 
settled  Jan.  8,  1794,  by  agreement  of  his  four  children.  He  d.  Nov.  18,  1793;  res. 
Canaan,  Conn. 

Elijah,  b. ;  m.  Cloe  Beckley. 

John,  b.  in  1754;  m. . 

Betsey,  b. ;  m.  Azariah  Smith;  res.  C. 

Ruby,  b. ;  m.  Solomon  Hunt;  res.  C. 

*At  this  time  he  resided  in  Trbat  is  now  the  southerly  part  of  Nashua,  near  Long  Hill. 











179.     Caleb  Whitney  (William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Plainfield,  Conn.,  Sept.  10, 

1721;  m.  Margaret  .     He  d. ;  res.  Norwich   and   Middletown,  Conn.,  and 

Pottsville,  Pa. 










Lebbeus,  b.  Aug.  21,  1745;  m.  Mary  Ann . 

WiLLiAM.b.  Aug.  8, 1747.     In  1815    he  was  residing  near  Albany, 

N.  Y. 
Margaret,  b.  Feb.  22,  1750. 
Jedediah,  b.  Nov.   13,  1751.     He  was  a  goldsmith  and  killed  in 

battle  Aug.  23,  1778.     In  a  small  volume  of  the  Children's  Bible, 

pub.    London,   1759,   the    property   of   Edith    M.   DeLorne,  of 

Sumter,  S.  C,  is  the  followmg: 

"  Peggy  Whitney,  her  Bible,  given  her  by  her  grandfather,  Caleb 

Whitney,  and  grandmother,   Margaret  Whitney,  July  29,  1783. 
■  This  book  we  gave  to  our  son  Jedediah,  who  was  slain  in  battle, 

Aug.  28,  1783,  a  goldsmith  by  trade,  in  the  25th  year  of  his  age." 
Mary,  b.  Oct.  12,  1753;  d.  May  13,  1779. 
John  Merrick,  b.  July  18,  1758;  m.- 

James  Rex,  b.  Oct.  16,  1760;  m.  Mary  Allen. 

182.     Matthias  Whitney  (Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.,  May  26, 
1720;  m.  Alice 

He  d.  in  K.;  res.  Killingly,  Conn. 
5.54.    i.         Mary,  b.  Apr.  19,  1743. 
655.    ii.         Asa,  b.  Feb.  19,  1745;  res.  Winsor  Co.,  Conn. 

556.     lii.        Matthias,    b.    Feb.  22,  1746;    m. \'aughn;    res.    Hancock, 

Mass.,  and  Fort  Avon,  N.  Y. 
Cornelius,  b.  July  5, 1749;  m. —  Graves  and  Elizabeth  May. 








Joshua,  b.  Nov.  23,  1751;  m.  Lydia  Bu  Day. 

Alice,  b.  Mar.  20, 1753;  m.  Noah  Day,  and  res.  in  Granville,  N.  Y. 

David,  b.  May  3,  1764;  m.  Olive  Day  and  Mary  Glassford, 

Samuel,  b.  Jan.  2,  1757;  m.  Tabitha  Warren. 

John,  b.  Mar.  27,  1759. 

Jonathan,  b.  Nov.  28,  1761. 

184.    Joshua  Whitney   (Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killingly,  Conn.,  Dec.  1, 

1724;  m. 






He  d.  in  1814;  res.  Killingly,  Conn.,  and  Hancock,  Mass. 
Cornelius,  b.  in  1761;  m.  Sarah  Cody. 
Joseph,  b.  in  1753;  m.  Anna  Eames. 

Matthias,  b.  Apr.  19,  1757;  m.  Dorcas and  Olive . 

Isaac,    b. — ;   m.  and    had  4  ch.:  Rosa,  Isaac,  Phebe,  and 


RuFUS,  b. ;  m.  Sarah  Graves. 

Joshua,  b.  in  1769;  m.  Phebe  Parker. 
Joanna,  b. . 

188.  David  Whitney   (David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Sept.  16,  1716;  m.  in  Canaan,. 
Conn.,  Sept.  23,  1739,  Mary  Gunn. 

He  was  born  in  Canaan  and  at  his  father's  death  was  given  property.  Moving 
to  New  Haven  in  1756  he  resided  there  until  1762,  and  perhaps  afterward.  His  ear 
mark  for  domestic  animals  was  recorded  there  Oct.  25,  1757.  He  died  in  Vermont. 
David  Whitney  of  Canaan,  Conn.,  who  was  brother  of  Solomon  Whitney,  was. 
proprietor  of  Poultney,  \'t.,  and  both  were  proprietors  clerks  of  meetings  held  in 
1761.     [See  History  of'Poultney.] 

res.  Canaan  and  New  Haven,  Conn.,  and  Poultney,  Vt. 

Mary,  b.  July  16,  1740. 

Easter,  b.  Mar.  5, 1743. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  26,  1746. 

Sarah,  b.  Apr.  30,  1748;  m.  Mar  7,  1773,  Joel  Holcomb,  Jr.    ^ 

jACOB,b.  Apr.  13,  1750.  ■ 

KEZiA,b.  Feb.  21,  1752. 

Lois,  b.  Dec.  25, 1756. 

Emelia,  b.  Feb.  18,  1759. 

Cloise,  b.  Feb.  18,  17.59. 

David,  b.  Nov.  22,  1762. 

189.  Joshua    Whitney    (David,  Joshua,  John),  b.    Plainfield,  Conn.,  Oct.    11, 
1718;  m.  Apr.  8,  1743,  Ann   Blodgett.     She  m.  2d.  Capt.  Isaac  Laurence,   who  d. 

Hed. - 




















Dec.  2,   1793;    she  then   m.  3d,  George   Palmer,  of   Stillwater,   N.  Y.,  and   d.  at 
Canaan,  Conn.,  in  1819,  ae.  96.     "Joshua  Whitney,  Esq.,  died  of  ye  smallpox." 

He  was  born  in  Groton,  Mass.,  and  removed  to  Plainfield,  Conn.,  with  his 
parents,  where  he  resided  until  his  removal  to  Preston,  Conn.  The  tradition  in 
the  family  is  that  he  was  a  soldier  in  the  French  and  Indian  war,  and  that  about 
1769  he  was  killed  by  Indians  near  Oswego,  N.  Y.  Feb.  17,  1759,  he  was  dead,  for 
at  that  time  his  son  Joshua  chose  Col.  David  Whitney,  of  Canaan,  as  his  guardian. 
He  d.  Feb.  10,  1761;  res.  Preston,  Conn. 

581.  i.         Abigail,  b. ;  m.  Sept.  10,  1757,  Eliphalet  Jewell,  of  Salis- 


582.  ii.         Mary,  b.  ;  m.  May  7,  1767,  Lemuel  Kingsbury,  of  Canaan; 

son  Joshua  b.  Feb.  13,  1768. 

583.  iii.       Joshua,  b.  Jan.  16,  1745;  m.  Anna  Ashley. 

584.  iv.       Asa,  b.  in  1743;  m.  Sarah and  Hepsabeth  Watrous. 

585.  V.         JosiAH,  b.  ;  m. and  Susannah  Hinds. 

586.  vi.       David,  b.  in  1755;  m. ,  ,  and  3d,  Eliza  Wilson. 

587.  vii.      Amey,  b, ;  she  m.  and  left  des.  in  Canaan,  Conn.     One  of 

her  gr.  daus.  m. —  Bronson;  res   E.  Canaan,  Corm. 

588.  viii.     Huldah,  b. . 

194.  Rev.  Josiah  Whitney  (David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Plainfield,  Conn.,  Aug. 
11,1731;  m.  Sept.  1,  1756,  Lois  Breck,  b.  Dec.  11,  1738;  d.  Oct.  27,  1789.  She  was  dau. 
of  Rev.  Robert,  who  gr.  H.  C.  1730;  m.  M.,  Oct.  25,  1791,  Mrs.  Anna  Chandler,  of 
Woodstock  (widow  of  Samuel),  who  was  b.  there  Dec.  5,  1738,  and  d.  of  apoplexy 
Feb,  2,  IbOl. 

He  was  born  in  Plainfield,  Conn.,  where  he  was  educated  at  the  public  schools 
and  fitted  for  college;  was  graduated  at  Yale  College  in  the  class  of  1752,  and  later 
studied  for  the  ministry.  In  1756  he  was  called  to  the  Congregational  church  in 
Brooklyn,  Conn.  The  call  was  unanimous,  and  the  church  also  unanimously  concurred 
in  it.     His  letter  of  acceptance  of  the  Pomfret  pastorate  was  as  follows: 

To  the  Society  of  Brooklyn,  in  Pomfret,  Gentlemen:  Whereas,  on  the  17th  of 
Nov.  last  you  proceeded  to  give  me  a  call  to  settle  in  the  work  of  the  gospel  ministry 
with  you,  and  proposed  ^120,  lawful  money,  for  a  settlement,  and  £Gb,  lawful  money, 
for  a  salary,  1  do  now  hereby  accept  said  proposal,  and  may  the  Lord  bless  us,  and 
lead  us  in  the  way  everlasting.  Josiah  Whitney. 

Brooklyn,  Jan.  7,  1756. 

He  continued  in  this,  his  only  pastorate,  for  sixty-foui  years.  In  1802  Harvard 
University  conferred  the  degree  of  D.  D.  upon  him.  Feb.  oth  of  that  year  he  cele- 
brated the  fiftieth  anniversary  of  his  settlement;  at  that  time  only  three  of  the  original 
members  of  1756  were  living;  447  had  been  added  to  the  church  during  his  ministry, 
and  718  were  baptized. 

Mr.  Whitney  through  all  his  long  pastorate  held  his  place  in  the  affection  of  his 
people  and  the  esteem  of  all.  Though  moderate  in  his  doctrinal  views  and  opposed 
to  the  High  Galvanism  then  coming  into  fashion,  he  engaged  the  respect  and  con- 
fidence of  his  brethren  in  the  ministry  and  maintained  strict  church  and  family 
discipline.  He  commenced  his  pastorate  with  the  affectionate  regard  of  the  fathers, 
and  their  continued  friendship,  their  cordial  and  candid  acceptance  of  his  labors  and 
repeated  kindness  had  continued  to  make  the  relation  happy. 

In  his  94th  year  he  was  still  erect  and  vigorous;  his  eye  was  not  dimmed  nor  his 
natural  force  abated.  With  flowing  wig  and  antique  garb  he  was  often  seen  on  the 
street.  His  face  beamed  with  animated  expression,  and  his  playful  sallies  were  tem- 
pered with  Christian  dignity.  As  he  entered  the  house  of  God  the  congregation  rose 
to  receive  him  and  remained  standing  in  reverential  attitude  till  he  had  taken  his 

« fatal  illness  seized  him  in  Sept.,  1824,  and  he  passed  peacefully  away, 
e  d.  Sept.  13,  1824;  res.  Pomfret  and  Brooklyn,  Conn. 

Robert  Breck,  b.  Sept.  15, 1757;  d.  sore  throat  Dec.  21, 1763. 
Eunice,  b.  Jan.  22,  1759;  d.  Sept.  15. 1762. 
George,  b.  Dec.  9,  1760;  d.  of  smallpox  Feb.  18,  1782. 
David,  b.  Oct.  15,  1762;  d.  of  smallpox  Mar.  16,  1782. 
Robert  Breck,  b.  June  18,  1764;  d.  of  consumption  Dec.  1, 1785. 
He  was  a  composer  and  teacher  of  music. 
594.    vi.       Eunice,  b.  Mar.  28,  1766;  m. Backus.   She  d.  Mar.  11,  1824. 











595.  vii.      Lois,  b.  Mar.  9,  1768 ;  m. Baker.  She  d.  at  Watertown,  N.  Y., 

Oct.  29,  1856.     She  had  a   son,  Josiah  B.,  whose  son,  Rev.  Geo. 
B.,  was  pastor  of  a  Pres.  ch.  at  Detroit,  Mich.,  in  1874. 

596.  viii.      Abigail,  b.  June  10,  1772;  m.  Apr.  5,  1792,  Benjamin   Wood,  of 

Brooklyn;  rem.  to  Litchfield,  N.  Y.,  where  she  d.  Apr.  29,  1856. 

597.  ix.        Sophia,  b.  July  28,  1774;  d.  July  27,  1816. 

598.  X.         Patty,  b.  Dec.2, 1779;  m. Carey, res.  Richfield,  N.  Y.  A  son, 

Edwin,  res.  Sauquoit,  N.  Y. 

599.  xi.       Elizabeth,  b.  May  30,  1770. 

195.  SOLO.MON  Whitney  (David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Plainfield,  Conn.,  about  1733.' 
m.  at   Canaan,  Conn.,  Nov.  27,  1755,  Sarah ;  d.  Apr.  15,  1782. 

Solomon  Whitney  was  born,  probably  in  Plainfield,  Conn.,  in  1733.  With  his 
parents  he  moved  to  Canaan,  where  he  ever  after  resided.  His  wife  was  of  Canaan, 
and  he  lived  but  seventeen  years  after  marriage.  He  was  interested  in  the  purchase 
of  lands  in  Vermont  in  1761,  and  that  year  was  proprietors'  clerk  of  the  new  town  of 
Poultney,  Vt.  His  sons  resided  for  a  time  on  this  property  in  Vermont.  Samuel  and 
Tarlaall  removed,  but  Solomon,  Jr., always  resided  upon  it.  In  1772  his  widow  Sarah 
was  appointed  guardian  of  his  three  children,  and  his  estate  was  insolvent.  She  evi- 
dently married  a  second  time  after  the  death  of  Solomon,  for  in  the  family  record 
now  in  possession  of  the  descendants,  it  says,  "S.  S.  Roberts,  stepfather  of  Tar- 
ball  Whitney,"  died  May  18,  1782.  "  Sarah  Roberts  died  Apr.  15,  1782."  He  d.  July 
29,  1772;  res.  Canaan,  Conn. 

600.  i.  Sarah,  b.  Jan.  18,  1757;  m. Pierce. 

601.  ii,         Samuel,  b.  June  6,  1759;  m. . 

602.  iii.        Tarball,  b.  June  30,  1763;  m.  Mrs.  Lois  (Lawrence)  Hopkins. 

603.  iv.        Solomon,  b.  Nov.  15, 1766;  m.  Polly  Marshall. 

197.     Dea.  Samuel  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.;  m.  Lydia 
He  was  born  in  York,  Me.,  but  early  settled  in  Brunswick,  Me.     In  1754, 









during  the  time  of  the  French  and  Indian  war,  while  engaged  in  hoeing  corn  in  a 
field  with  his  son  Samuel,  Jr.,  they  were  surprised  by  the  Indians,  and  before  they 
could  reach  their  guns,  which  were  stacked  near  by,  were  taken  prisoners.  The 
father  was  scalped  and  the  prisoners  with  others  taken  to  Canada  and  held  for  126 
livres.  The  father  died  after  three  weeks  of  suffering,  and  the  son  after  seven  years 
of  imprisonment  managed  to  escape  and  return  to  Maine;  res.  York  and  Bruns- 
wick, Me. 

Samuel,  b.  Sept.  15,  1732;  m.  Mary . 

Jonathan,  b.  Dec.  21,  1734;  m.  Mary  Austin. 

Lydia,  b.  Feb.  20,  1735. 

Susannah,  b.  July  25,  1738. 

Lettis,  b.  June  27,  1742. 

198.  Benjamin  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  May  22,  1725;  m* 
Mercy  Hinckley,  b.  Oct.  23,  1734;  d.  Nov.  13,  1814.  He  was  born  in  York,  Me.,  and 
settled  in  Little  River,  Lisbon,  Me.  He  was  part  owner  of  the  first  grist  mill  there, 
and  during  his  lifetime  was  the  miller.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war. 
The  Benjamin  Whitney  mentioned  above,  son  of  John  and  Lettis,  settled  at  Little 
River,  now  Lisbon  Falls.  His  wife  was  Mercy  Hinckley.  I  have  three  accounts  of 
this  couple.  One  copied  from  a  printed  town  history  gives  the  births  and  deaths: 
Benjamin,  b.  May  22,  1725;  d.  Nov.  8,  1797;  Mercy  H.,  b.  Oct.  23,  1734;  d.  Nov.  13, 
1814.  The  town  clerk  at  Lisbon  Falls,  Benjamin's  birth  (copied)  June  2,  1727,  but 
Mr.  Jacob  Whitney,  of  Lisbon,  Me.,  wrote  in  1882,  as  follows:  "There  were  three 
brothers  who  came  to  Brunswick,  Me.;  one  went  into  the  eastern  part  of  the  state;  one 
settled  in  Gorham,  Me.,  and  the  third  remained  at  Brunswick,  at  a  place  called  New 
Meadows.  This  last  one  had  a  son  named  Benjamin,  my  ancestor."  He  was  born 
in  1725,  and  married  Mercy  Hinkley,  of  Brunswick.  They  moved  to  Lisbon  and  had 
eleven  children,  as  follows:  Abraham,  Sarah,  Isaac,  Rachel,  Jacob,  Benjamin,  Isabel, 
Nathan,  Joseph,  Samuel,  and  Thankful.  Samuel,  Thankful,  Abraham,  Isaac,  and 
Sarah  all  remained  in  Lisbon;  Jacob,  Joseph,  Rachel,  and  Isabel  settled  in  Phillips, 
Me.;  Nathan  in  Augusta,  and  Benjamin  in  Bowdoin.  Joseph  afterward  moved  to  Ohio. 
He  d.  Nov.  8,  1797;  res.  Lisbon,  Me. 

604a.  i,         Abraham,  b.  in  1752;  m.  Aphia  Coombs. 

605a.  ii.        Isaac,  b. ;  settled  at  Little  River. 

606a.  iii.       Jacob,  b.  June  11,  1763;  m.  Hannah  Mills. 

607a.  iv.       Nathan,  b.  about  1768;  m.  Sarah  Godfrey  and  Fanny  Shephard. 


608a.  V.  Benjamin,  b. ;  settled  in  Bowdoin,  Me. 

609.  vi.  Joseph,  b. ;  m. ;  res.  in  Phillips,  Me. 

610.  vii.  Samuel,  b.  in  1774;  m,  Lydia  Curit. 

611.  viii.  Sarah,  b.  . 

612.  ix.  Rebecca,  b. 

613.  X.        Rachel,  b. ;  res.  Phillips,  Me. 

614.  xi.       Thankful,  b. . 

615.  xii.      Isabel,  b. ;  res.  Phillips,  Me. 

206.  Elder  Naham  Whitney  (N'athaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  Jan. 
10,  1706;  m.  Nov.  12,  1730,*  Lydia  Young,  dau.  of  Matthews,  who  d.  in  1751.  He  was 
a  prominent  and  influential  citizen,  and  was  called  Elder  Whitney;  res.  York,  Me. 

207.  Elder  Nathaniel  or  Nathan  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John), 
b.  York,  Me.,  Dec.  12,  1709;  m.  Molly  Day.  He  was  a  native  of  York,  Me.,  and  one 
of  the  first  settlers  m  Gorham.  Was  an  elder  in  the  church  and  a  prominent  and 
influential  citizen,  and  much  employed  in  town  affairs,  and  a  leader  in  religious  mat- 
ters. He  was  many  times  on  important  committees  in  the  Revolutionary  days.  He 
was  a  man  of  unquestioned  integrity.  Abel  and  Nathaniel  Whitney  witnessed  will 
of  Elias  Perry,  at  York,  in  1735.     He  d.  in  1804;  res.  York  and  Gorham,  Me. 

616.  i.         Moses,  b.  1739;  m.  Molly  Page  and  Abigail . 

617.  ii.        Nathan,  b. . 

618.  iii.       JosiAH,  b. ;  m.  Hannah  Barstow. 

619.  iv.      Aaron,  b. . 

620.  V.        Asa,  b.  Dec,  1754;  m.  Flora and  Phebe  Hopkins. 

621.  vi.       Abel,  b. ;  m.  Thankful  Morton. 

208.  Abel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  July  23,  1712; 
m.  Nov.  28,  1735,  Mary  Cane,  dau.  of  Nicholas;  res.  York,  Gorham  and  Standish,  Me. 

622.  i.  Joanna,  b.  Oct.  10,  1736. 

623.  ii.  Moses,  b.  Feb.  17,  1737. 

624.  iii.  Joseph,  b.  Mar.  1,  1739. 

625.  iv.  Daniel,  b.  Sept.  7,  1741;  d.  before  1754. 

626.  v.  Joel,  b.  Mav  21,  1748;  m.  Mary  Weston. 

627.  vi.  Mary,  b.  Oct.  5,  1744. 

628.  vii.  Lydia,  b.  July  31,  1746. 

629.  viii.  Zebulon,  b.  Nov.  27,  1747;  m.  Joanna  Stone. 

630.  ix.  Joanna,  b.  Sept.  27,  1749. 

631.  X.  Naphthali,  b.  Feb.  10,  1750. 

632.  xi.  Micha,  b.  Dec.  11,  1752;  m.  Hannah  Cobb. 

633.  xii.  Daniel,  b.  Sept.  26, 1754;  m. . 

634.  xiii.  Paul,  b.  June  30,  1756.     He  enlisted  in  the  Rev.  army  from  Gor- 

ham, and  was  killed  in  battle  in  Rhode  Island,  Aug.  29, 1778. 

210.  Isaac  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  Mar.  9,  1720; 
m.  Feb.    25,  1743,  Sarah  Crosby,  dau.  of  Dr.  Crosby;  m.  2d. ;  m.  3d. 

He  was  born  in  York,  where  he  resided  until  1752,  when  he  purchased  a  house 
and  lot  in  Saco.  In  1775  he  was  living  m  Buxton,  Me.,  but  died  at  the  house  of  his 
son  Henry,  in  Freeport,  in  1800,  aged  80.  He  married  three  times.  He  d.  1800;  res. 
York,  Saco,  and  Buxton,  Me. 

635.  i.         Lucy,  b.  July  31,  1745. 

636.  ii.        Phinehas,  b.  June  5,  1747. 

637.  iii.       Isaac,  b.  Dec.  28,  1748;  m.  Mary  Crockett. 

638.  iv.       Hannah,  b.  Nov.  28,  1750. 

689.  V.  Stephen,  b.  Mar.  19,  1755;  m.  Patty  Irish. 

640.  vi.  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  9,  1757. 

641.  vii.  Timothy,  b. . 

642.  viii.  Barnabas,  b.  Aug.  18,  1766;  m.  Sarah  Walker. 

643.  ix.  James,  b. . 

644.  X.  Mary,  b. . 

645.  xi.  Henry,  b. ;  m.  Abigail  Walker. 

211.  Amos  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  Mar.  5,  1723; 
m.  Sept.  5,  1748,  Sarah  Payne,  dau.  of  Thomas;  b.  ;  d. . 

*  At  this  time  he  was  of  Biddeford. 


Amos  Whitney  was  born  in  York,  Me.  He  was  one  of  the  earliest  settlers  in 
Gorham,  and  was  prominent  and  influential  in  town  affairs.  He  was  the  first  town 
clerk  from  1764  to  1769,  and  one  of  the  first  selectmen,  which  office  he  held  for  years. 

He  was  a  man  of  great  integrity  and  highly  respected.     He  d. ;  res.  York, 

Me.,  and  Gorham. 

646.  i.         Ebenezer,  b.  Dec.  30,  1749. 

647.  ii.         Amos,  b.  Apr.  22.  1752. 

64S.     iii.        Mary  Gookin,  b.  Oct.  25,  1754. 

649.  iv.        Elias,  b. . 

650.  V.  JOTHAM,  b.  . 

651.  vi.       Ruth,  b. . 

214.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Oct.  17,  1704;  m.  Jan. 
^6,  1727,  Lydia  Jones;  b.  Sept.  15,  1705;  d.  Mar.  4,  1783. 

He  owned  lands  in  Hopkinton,  Holliston,  and  Mendon.  He  was  a  prominent 
citizen  and  influential  member  of  the  church,  and  assisted  in  establishing  the  town  of 
Milford.  He  settled  the  estates  of  his  father  and  father-m-law.  After  his  death  his 
estate  was  divided  among  his  heirs,  he  dying  intestate.  He  d.  1755;  res.  Mendon 
and  Medway,  Mass. 

652.  i.  Susanna,  b.  Feb.  12,  1728;  m.  in  Mendon,  Jan.  25,  1752,  Isaac 

Tenney,  b.  Milford,  Feb.  22,  1723,  d.  bef.  1764;  m.  2d.  Apr.  11, 
1764,  Noah  Wiswall.d.  Nov.  9,  1804.  Isaac  inherited  his  father's 
farm  in  Milford.  Mr.  and  Airs.  Tenney  were  members  of  the 
church  and  had  their  children  baptized.  The  date  of  his  death 
is  unknown;  res.  Mil.  Ch.:  Ruth,  bap.  May  13,  1753;  Jonathan, 
bap.  Apr.  20,  1755;  Ruby,  b.  Jan.  12,  1765;  m.  Silas  Brown;  Per- 
ley,  b.  Mar.  11,  1767;  Jerusha,  b.  July  17,  1769;  m.  Moses  Green. 

653.  ii.        Jonathan,  b.  Oct.  18,  1729;  d.  Oct.  19,  1729. 

654.  iii.        Jesse,  b.  Nov.  24,  1730;  m.  Mary  Cheney,  Mrs.  Ruth  Wight  and 

Abigail  Rawson. 

655.  iv.        Lydia,  b.   Nov.  18,  1732;  m  in   Mendon,  Dec.  12,  1754,  Samuel 

Bowker  of    Hopkinton,   b.   1729;    died    1799.     He  m.  3  times. 

Lydia  was  his  second  wife;  res.  Mil.     Ch.:  Asa,  b.  Nov.  12,  1755; 

Abigail,  b.  June  13,  1757;  Abigail,  b.  Apr.  9,  1759;  Abiathar,  b. 

Feb.  25,  1763;  Ruth,  b.  Feb.  9.  1765;  Daniel,  b.  Feb.  16,  1769. 
Jonathan,  b.  July  26,  1737;  m.  Esther  Parkhurst. 
Ruth,  bap.  Apr.  11,  1742;  d.  young. 

David,  bap.  Sept.  21,  1746;  m.  Rachel . 

Sarah,  b.  Mar.  14;  1735;  m.  pub.  Nov.  10;  m.  Dec.  10,  1756,  in 

Mendon,  Wales  Cheney,  b.  Aug.  31,  1732;  d.  Mar.  27,  1825;  res. 

Milford.   Ch.:  Josiah,  b.  Aug.  9,  1757;  Nathaniel,  b.  Oct.  1,  1758; 

m.  Elizabeth  Hudson;  David,  b. ;  res.  Orange;  Nathan, 

b.  May  4,  1765;  res.  Orange;  Lydia,  b.  May  4,  1767;  m.  John  Cor- 

bett;  Asa,  b.  Dec.  20,  1769;  m.  Roxaima  Pitman;  Amos,b.  Sept. 

26,  1771 ;  Anna,  b.  Apr.  21,  1773;  m.  Otis  Butterworth;  Alexander, 

b.  Oct.  8,  1780;  m.  Lovice  Bowker  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth  W.Stone. 

219.  Elias  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Holliston,  Mass.,  Nov.  14, 
1716;  m.  Feb.  6,  1745,  Elizabeth  Mellen,  b.  Aug,  21,  1721;  m.  2d.  at  Mendon.  June 
26,  1774,  Elizabeth  Boyden. 

He  resided  in  Holliston,  near  the  eastern  boundry.     He  was  in  Framingham  in 
1764,  when  James  Heywood  deeded  him   the   homestead  now  owned  by  his  great- 
grandson,  Elias  Whitney.     He  was  of  reputable  standing  in  the  plain  old-fashioned 
society  of  the  times.     He  d.  July  29, 1810;  res.  Framingham  and  Holliston,  Mass. 
Abigail,  b.  Mar.  19,  1747. 
Elias,  b.  June  15,  1750;  m.  Lucy  Barnes. 
Amrillen,  b.  June  1,  1753. 

Jonathan,  b.  June  25,  1760;  killed  in  Revolutionary  w^r.  He 
enlisted  in  the  company  raised  in  Mendon,  commanded  by 
Capt.  Drew,  and  was  killed  in  battle  Feb.  2, 1780. 

221.    George  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Aug.  12,  1721;  m.  Sarah 
Cozzens.     He  d.  in  1752;  res.  Sherborn  and  Holliston,  Mass. 
664.    i.         Isaac,  b. 
















665.  ii.        Hannah,  b.- 

666.  iii.       Marcy,  b. 

667.    iv.       Sarah,  b. ;  d.  bef.  1752. 


224.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Benjamin,  John),   b.   May   22,   1709;  m, 
Feb.  24,  1781,  Margaret  Sanderson.     Hed.  Feb.  28,  1797;  res.  Sherborn,  Mass. 

668.  i.  Jonathan,  b.  Sept.  25, 1734;  m.  Eunice  Marshall. 

669.  ii.         PERSis,b.  Aug.  2U,  1739. 

670.  iii.       Amos,  b.  Sept.  27,  1746. 

225.  EzEKiEL  Whitney  (Joshua,  Benjamin,  John),b.  in  Mendon,  Aug.  29,  1716; 

m. .     Will  made  May  5,  1753;  probated  May  23,  1753;  estate  settled  May  21, 

1768.     He  d.  May.  1753;  res.  Sutton,  Mass. 

671.  i.  Susannah,  *b. ;  m. Love. 

672.  ii.  Jennet,  b. . 

673.  iii.  Margaret,  b. .  , 

674.  iv.  Rachel,  b. . 

231.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Joshua,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Uxbridge,  Mar.  14,  1743; 
m. — - — .  Benjamin  Whitney,  of  Uxbridge,  Sept.  30,  1765,  received  of  Lydia  Taft, 
admr.  of  his  portion  of  his  father's  estate,  of  which  Josiah  Taft  was  admr.,  so  much 
in  full.  Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Hannah,  Isaac,  and  Phebe  Kirby  also  signed  receipts  at 
the  same  time.     [Wor.  Prob.  Rec]     Res.  Uxbridge,  Mass. 

237.  Jason  Whitney  (Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,  Mass.,  Aug.  31,  1729;: 
m.  in  Sudbury,  Mar.  3,  1757,  Elizabeth  Beal,  of  East  Sudbury,  dau.  of  Joseph  and 
Love;  d.  May  22,  1772.  Joseph  Beales,  the  father,  was  a  large  land  owner  and  was 
often  Selectman.  He  was  descended  from  Wm.  Beal,  of  Marblehead;  m.  2d  Mar.  17, 
1773,  Lois  Pratt,  of  Needham,  wid.  of  Ephraim,  of  Newton,  and  dau.  of  Ebenezer 
Fisher,  of ;  d.  Nov.  21,  1805. 

Jason  Whitney  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.,  where  he  always  resided.  On  the 
death  of  his  father,  in  1760,  he  acquired  the  bulk  of  his  property.  He  was  a  promi- 
nent citizen  in  the  town. 

From  James  McManus,  town  clerk  at  Natick,  Mass.,  is  received  the  following,, 
relating  to  offices  held  by  Jason  Whitney: 

1772,  surveyor  of  highways;  1773,  fence  viewer;  1774,  fence  viewer  and  hog 
reeve;  1775,  fence  viewer;  1777,  selectman,  field  driver  and  fence  viewer;  1780, 
selectman;  1781,  selectman  and  fence  viewer. 

From  selectman's  order  or  cash  book:  "On  account  of  money  paid  in  support  of 
the  present  war  with  Great  Britain  and  by  whom  paid  to  men  who  enlisted  into  the 
army  and  of  those  who  do  a  term  or  any  part  of  a  term  in  the  year  1776." 

July  20,  1776,  Jason  Whitney,  one-fourth  of  a  term  to  Canada,  ^3  6s.  8d. 

Jason  Whitney  was  in  the  French  and  Indian  wars,  and  received  a  wound 
that  caused  lameness.  Notwithstanding  this  lameness  he  served  repeatedly  dur- 
ing the  Revolutionary  war.  His  services  are  recorded  on  the  rolls  at  the  State 
House,  Boston,  also  on  the  town  treasurer's  book  and  town  files  of  Natick: 

"Jason  Whitney  was  in  Capt.  David  Morse's  Muster  Roll,  in  French  War, 
1755  to  1763." 

"His  name  on  Capt.  Joseph  Morse's  Muster  Roll.  Col.  Samuel  Bullard's  Regt, 
Lexington  Alarm." 

"On  Capt.  Hezekiah  Broads'  Roll,  Patterson's  Regiment,  Canada  Expedition, 
June  7,  1776. 

"Paid  X  of  a  term,  for  a  man  to  go  three  months  to  New  York  in  Capt.  Gard- 
ner's Co.,  Col.  Eleazur  Brook's  Regiment." 

"Went  on  the  Forty  Days'  Alarm  to  Rhode  Island  with  teams  &  Baggage."" 
(Went  twice.) 

"Credited  to  Fiske's  Co.,  Perry's  Regiment.  Served  also  in  Leland's  Co.,  same 
Regiment.  Assisted  in  taking  Solomon  Park  Parker  out  of  Prison,  while  on  this 

"He  also  loaned  the  town  £162-8-8  in  1781,  'Old  Emifion  Bills'  for  war  pur- 
poses. In  1782  he  loaned  ^^2-8-0  silver  money  'Spanish  Milled  dollars'  &  paid  the 
same  to  Amos  Morse  for  Isaac  Dunton's  bounty,  for  three  years,  for  going  into  the 

"Was  one  of  the  selectmen  &  on  Committee  to  hire  soldiers  1780-81-82." 

From  Massachusetts  rolls: 

"Pay  Roll  for  the  Troops  under  the  command  of  Lieut,  feremiah  Colburn.  In 
Brigadier  General  Wadsworth's  Department.     Detached  at  Cambridge,  1781. 

"Jason  Whitney  from  Jany.  27  to  March  10." 

*Mar.  16. 1768,  Nehemiah  Hall,  of  Uxbridge,  was  appointed  guardian  of  Susannah,  Janet,  and 
Margaret,  daughters  of  Ezekiel. 


The  foregoing  is  Jason  Whitney's  Revolutionary  roll  and  French  and  Indian 
war  roll.  His  son-in-law,  \Vm.  Alden,  though  very  young,  served  twice  on  militia 
service  and  contributed  money,  and  his  grandson,  Isaac' Alden,  served  in  the  war  of 
1812.  \ 

He  d.  June  23,  1807,  res.  Natick,  Mass. 

675.  i.         Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  23,  1760. 

676.  ii.        Abigail,  b.  Dec.  13,  1761;  m.  prob.  Sept.  7,  1788,  William  Dunton, 

removed  to  New  York. 

677.  iii.       Sarah,  b.  Apr.  29,  1763;  m.  John  Trilll,  of  Natick.  Ch.:  John  and 

Jemima;  m  .  2d,  Henry  Lake;  res.  Acton,  Mass.  Ch.:  Henry, 
Lucretia  and  Mary. 

678.  iv.       Mary,  b.  Mar.    24,  1765;  m.  Richard   Bacon,  of    Needham,  two 

ch.:  Eliza  and  William,  and  8  others;  rev.  to  Ontario  Co.,  N.  Y. 

679.  v.        Susanna,  b.  Dec.  9,  1766;  m.  May  1,1788,  William  Alden;  removed 

to  Troy,  N.  Y.  He  was  b.  in  Needham,  July  1,  1761,  d.  Calais, 
Vt.,  Sept.  27, 1842.  She  d.  there  Feb.  27,  1844.  Ch.:  I.  Isaac,  born 
Needham,  Mar.  19,  1789,  d.  in  Lewis,  Essex  Co.,  N.  Y.,  Aug.  17, 
1860;  m.  1st,  Maria  Stone,  dau.  of  Moses  and  Olive  (Ward) 
Stone,  of  Newton;  m.  2d,  Hannah  Snow,  dau.  of  Jonathan  Snow 
and  Lydia  (Hammett)  Snow,  and  had  Edwin  Augustus,  Joseph 
Jackson,  Olive  Maria  and  Ruby  Hammett,  Emily  Doane, Charles 
L.,  Avis  Ellen  and  Alcnzo  Isaac.  II.  William,  West  Newton, 
b.  1797,  d.  1861;  m.  Ann  Fuller  and  Elizabeth  Bacon.  III.  Asa, 
b.  Sept.  25,  1794;  m.  Avis  Hammet  Snow.  IV.  George,  b. 
1797,  m.  Clarinda  Mclntyre.  V.  Elizabeth,  b.  1802;  m.  Isaac 
Kennan.  VI.  Hannah  Whitney,  b.  1806;  m.  Washington  Taske, 
Hyde  Park,  Mass.;  descendants:  Mrs.  Lucien  L.  Sheddon, 
Plattsburg,  N.  Y.;  Mr.  J.  J.  Alden,  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Mr.  Harry  M. 
Alden,  Troy,  N.  Y.;  Mr.  Charles  L.  Alden,  17  First  St.,  Troy, 
N.  Y.;  Gen.  Alonzo  Alden,  Troy,  N.  Y.;  Mrs.  Joseph  M.  Bassett, 
Worcester,  Mass.  Wm.  Alden  served  in  Revolutionary  militia 
twice  and  contributed  money.  His  son  Isaac  was  a  soldier  in 
war  of  1812.  Isaac  Alden,  by  wife  Maria  Stone,  had  1,  Edwin 
Augustus  Alden, ni.  Mary  Haywood,  parents  of  Mrs.  Lucien  L, 
Sheddon,  Plattsburg,  N.  Y.,  wife  of  Judge  Sheddon;  2,  Joseph 
Jackson  Alden,  m.  Sarah  Marshall,  and  besides  daughters  had 
Harry  Marshall  Alden,  Edward  M.  Alden,  Troy,  N.  Y.;  3,  Olive 
Maria  Alden  m.  John  Jay  Knox.  By  Hannah  Snow  had,  4,  Ruby 
Hammet,  m.  David  Sykes;  5,  Charles  L.  Alden,  m.  Mary  Lang- 
ford  Taylor,  and  had  Antoinette  Speacer  Alden,  Mary  Curran 
Alden,  John  Gale  Alden,  d.y.,Chloe  Sweeting  Alden,  d.  y.,  John 
Gale  Alden  2d.  Langford  Taylor  Alden,  and  Charles  Snow 
Alden;  6,  Emily  Doane  Alden  m.  Shueball  Moses  Cole.  Gen. 
Alonzo  Alden  m.  Charlotte  Danehy,  and  had  Joseph  D.  Alden, 
Frederick  Alden,  Marion  Alden,  d.  y.  and  Avis  Ellen  Alden,  m. 
George  Prescott.  I  have  the  signatures  of  Mark,  Benj.,  Sr., 
Benj.,  Jr.,  Whitney. 

680.  vi.        Isaac,  b"  Apr.  17,  1770;   m. and  Mrs.  Susanna  (Turnback) 


681.  •  vii.    Joshua,  b.  Apr.  12,  1772,  d.  May  8,  1772. 

682.  viii.  Lois,  b.  Oct.  17,  1773:  m.  June    29,  1791,  Thomas  Cummings,  Jr.,  of 

__^^-    Newton.  ^ 

683.  ix.        Fisher,  b.  Jan.  3,  1775;  m.  Patty  Watkins. 

684.  X.         Hannah,  b.  Aug.  6,  1776;  m.  July  11,  1798,  Eli  Rogers,  of  Natick,. 

Mass.;  res.  Marlboro,  N.  H. 

685.  xi.       George,  b.  Mar.  22,  1778;  m.  Esther  Morse  and  Mrs.  Azubah 


686.  xii.      Jason,  b.  Oct.  20, 1780;  m.  Hannah  Goodnowand  Margaret  Green, 

687.  xiii.     Sarah,  b.  May  15,  1782;  d.  Apr.  10,  1802. 

688.  xiv.      Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  2,  1784;  m.  Mary  Brown  and  Joanna  Law. 

689.  XV.       Rhoda,  b.  Feb.  28,  1786;  m.  John  Russell,  of  Walertown,  and  d, 


241.    Thomas   Whitney   (Mark,   Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,    Mass.,  Jan.  24, 
1736;  m,  Oct,  19,  1761,  Mehitable  Bacon,  of  Stoughton. 


Thomas  Whitney  was  born  in  Natick  prior  to  1769.  He  sold  his  rights  in  that 
town  and  emigrated  to  Westminster.  His  farm  he  disposed  of  to  David  Hann,  of 
Hopkinton.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army  and  was  in  the  company  from 
Partridgefield;  res.  Natick,  Mass.,  and  Westminster,  Mass. 

690.  i.  Mark,  b.  May  18,  1766. 

691.  ii.         Mehitable,  bap.  Sept.  30,  1764;  m.  Jan.  12,  1797,  Samuel  Law- 

ton.     He  was  the  Samuel  Lawson  of  Harriet  Beecher  Stowe's 
"  Old  Town  Folks." 

692.  iii.       HuLDAH,  bap.  Sept.  30,  1764. 

693.  iv.       Esther,  bap.  Mar.  29, 1767. 

245.  Gideon  Whitney  (Isaac,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Hopkinton,  Mass.,  Nov.  27, 
1729;  m.  in  Sudbury,  Mar.  14,  1750,  Hannah  Norcrossof  Sudbury. 

His  estate  was  settled  in  1752-3.  He  owed  his  cousins  Jason  and  Mark  Whitney 
and  sister  Judith. 

He  d.  in  H.,  Dec.  2,  17-^3;  res.  Hopkinton  and  Holliston,  Mass. 
694.    i.  Elizabeth,  b.  Dec.  30, 1751. 

254.    Elijah  Whitney  (Daniel,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Jan.  15,  1715,  m.  Hannah 

In  1776  he  was  a  member  of  the  Warwick  committee  of  correspondence,  inspec- 
tion and  safety. 

He  d. ;  res.  Roxbury  and  Warwick,  Mass. 

695.  V.         Daniel,  b. ;  m.  Sarah  Gav. 

696.  iii.        John,  b.  Nov.  29,  1749;  m.  Mav  Payson. 

697.  i.         Elijah,  b.  Sept.  23,  1744. 

698.  ii.         Elisha,  b.  Oct.  6,  1747;  m.  Abigail  Dana. 

699.  iv.        Hannah,  b.  June  13,  1756;  bap.  at  Roxbury  same  year. 

259.  Caleb  Whitney  (Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  2,  1711;  m.  1736, 
Hannah  Cheney,  b.  June  13,  1711,  dau.  of  Joseph.  His  two  sons  served  in  the 
Revolutionary  army  in  a  company  raised  in  Newton;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 

700.  i.  Hannah,  b.  Mar.  3,   1737;  m    Nov.  19,  1772,  Nathaniel   Parker. 

Ch.:    Newton,  b. ;  Caleb,  b.  Apr.  29, 1773;  m.  Fanny  Scott; 

Hannah,  b.  Mar.  18,  1775;  m.  David  Scott;  Eunice,  d.  young. 

701.  ii.         Caleb,  b.  June  17,  1740;  m.  Elizabeth  Hyde. 

702.  iii.        Sarah,  b.  Oct.  23,  1743;  m.  in  1769,  Jas.  Richardson,  Jr.    She  d. 

in  1771,  s.  p.,  and  he  m.  2d  Dorothy  Packard,  of  Bridgewater. 

703.  iv.        Thaddeus,  b.  July  10,  1747;  m.  Temperance  Hyde. 

260.  Moses  Whitney  (Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  June  20,  1714;  m.  in  1739, 
Rebecca  Hyde,  b.  Sept.  23,  1720. 

Four  of  his  sons  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war.   They  were  in  Capt.  Phinehas 
Cook's  Co.  in  Col.  Gardner's  Regt.     Three  of  his  sons  died   in  the  army.     Timothy 
Whitney  was  admr.  of  his  estate.     He  d.  in  1805;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 
Margaret,  b.  May  8,  1741. 
Moses,  b.  Apr.  9,  1743;  d.  Revolutionary  armv. 
Mary,  b.  Feb.  1,  1745;  m.  Mar.  20,  1766,  Edward   Richards,  of 

Timothy,  b.  Feb.  12,  1747;  m.  Mary  Hyde. 
Stephen,  b.  Feb.  12,  1747;  d.  Revolutionary  army 
Elizabeth,  b.  May  30,  1749;  m.  1777,  Asa  Payson.    Had  Asa  and 
two  daughters. 

710.  vii.  Ephraim,  b.  June  16,  1751;  m.  1774,  Anna  Fuller,  b.  June  18, 1749, 
and  died  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  1776;  was  in  the  company 
of  Capt.  Wiswell,  of  Newton. 

711.  viii.  Rebecca,  b.  Mar.  17,  1754;  m.  1780,  Wm.  Buzzard.  Ch.:  Betsey 
and  Clara. 

Relief,  b.  Dec.  29,  1756;  m.  1783,  John  Woodward,  of  Brookline. 

Gersham,  b.  July  25,  1758;  d.  1759. 

Persis,  b.  Feb.  19,  1760;  m.  1797,  James  Richards,  his  third  wife. 

Ch.:  Sukey,  b.  Dec.  11,  1797;  Mary,b.Aug.  6,  1800.    She  d.  May, 

715,    xii.      John,  b.  Apr.  8,  1762;  m.  Polly  Pope. 

261.  Corp.  Joseph  Whitney  (Timothv,  John,  John,  John),b.  Watertown,  Mass., 
Feb.  21,1716;  m.  Mary  Hastings;  m. 2d,  Mrs.  Anna  (Palmer?).    She  d.  at  Lima,  N.  Y. 









































Jasper  Whitney,  writing  from  Thomson,  111.,  states  his  great-grandfather's  name 
was  Joseph  Whitney.  Samuel  Whitney's  father's  name  was  Joseph,  and  Silvanus 
Hayward,  A.  M.,  of  Southbridge,  Mass.,  in  his  history  of  Gilsum,  N.  H.,  says  Joseph 
Whitney  was  the  son  of  Palmer  Whitney,  and  that  Palmer  was  the  half-brother  of 
Samuel.  From  all  the  evidence  and  data  I  can  secure,  it  is  my  opinion  that  Joseph 
Whitney,  of  Newton,  after  his  first  wife's  death  married  again  and  finally  became 
one  of  the  first  proprietors  of  Gilsum,  N.  H.,and  that  his  sons  finally  located  there  on 
land  he  had  purchased.  In  the  history  of  Gilsum  is  this  record:  "Joseph  Whitney 
was  a  corporal  in  the  seventh  company  in  Col.  Samuel  Ashley's  regiment  from  Gil- 
sum, N.  H  ,  in  1776."  Later  he  moved  to  Warwick  (Orange),  Mass.,  and  still  latei 
to  Lima,  N.  Y.,  where  he  passed  the  remainder  of  his  days.  He  was  killed  by  the 
falling  of  a  tree.  He  d.  at  Lima,  N.  Y.;  res.  Newton,  Mass.;  Gilsum,  N.  H.;  Orange, 
Mass.,  and  Lima,  N.  Y. 

Abigail,  b.  Dec.  18,  1749. 

Martha,  b.  May  31,  1752. 

Ann,  b.  Feb.  10,  1755. 

Samuel,  b.  Aug.  7,  1758;  m.  Mary  Whitney. 

Lois,  b.  Sept.  6,  1761. 

Mary,  b. ;  m.— Guerney. 

Content,  b. ;  m. Fuller. 

Palmer,  b.  Oct.  6,  1777;  d.  in  Warwick,  Mass.,  Feb.  1,  1778. 

Palmer,  b.  Mar.  5,  1778;  m.  Judith  Barber. 

Edward,  b. . 

Abigail,  b.  Jan.  20,1781;  m.  Samuel  Mark;  res.  Wyoming  Co., 
N.  Y. 

727.    xii.       Lemuel,  b.  Aug.  15,  1784;  m.  Sally  Pratt. 

264.     Nathaniel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Jan.  23,  1696; 
m.  June  22,  1721,  Mary  Child;  b.  1699;  d.  Dec.  3,  1776. 

They  settled  in  Westboro  where  he  and  his  wife  were  admitted  to  the  church 
He  had  owned  ihe  covenant  at  Concord,  Oct.  15,  1727. 
27,  1776;  res.  Weston  and  Westboro,  Mass. 

Ephraim,  b.  in  Groton,  July,  1722;  m.  Thankful  Harrington. 

Oliver,  b.  Dec.  1,  1724;  m.  Dorcas  Warren. 

David,  bap.  Nov.  8,  1726,  Brookfield.^ 

Mary,  b.  Feb.  15, 1727. 

Nathaniel,  b.  Julv  22,  1728;  m.  Abigail  Marstop. 
733.  vi.  ANNA,b.  Mar.  8,  ITSOim.  May  4,  1749,  David  Forbush;  b.  Oct.  20, 
1721.  He  wa'sThe  son  of  Dea.  Thomas  Forbush,  Jr.,  of  the 
earliest  and  most  prominent  citizens  of  Westboro,  Mass.  His 
grandfather,  Daniel  Forbush,  or  Forbes,  a  native  of  Scotland, 
probably  of  the  parish  of  Kinellar,  was  undoubtedly  taken 
prisoner  by  Cromwell  at  the  battle  of  Dunbar,  and  deported 
with  others  to  this  country.  He  located  in  Cambridge,  Mass., 
and  finally  settled  in  Marlboro,  where  he  died.  (See  Forbes-For- 
bush  Genealogy  by  Fred  £»-Pierce,  also  history  of  Grafton, 
Mass.,  by  Fred  C.  Pierce.)  David  was  a  member  of  the  Alarm 
company,  commanded  by  Capt.  Samuel  Warren.  He  was  later 
in  Capt.  Kimball's  company  in  Col.  Aitemas  Ward's  regiment 
of  the  Revolutionary  army,  and  marched  to  the  Lexington 
alarm,  April  19,  1775.  His  estate  was  left  to  his  son  Silas.  The 
children  of  David  and  Anna  were:  Anna,  b.  July  7,  1750;  m.  Oct. 
28,  1779,  John  Warren  of  Westboro;  John,  b.  Dec.  20,  1751;  d. 
Sept.  7,  1757;  David,  b.  Apr.  18,  1754;  m.  Deliverence  Goodell, 
who  was  the  sister  of  the  mother  of  Robert  B.  Thomas,  of  Farm- 
ers' Almanac  fame;  res.  South  Royalston,  Mass.;  Jacob,  b.  Feb. 
20,  1756;  d.  Mar.  3,  1756;  Abigail,  b.  May  2,  1757;  m.  Leonard 
Brigham;  res.  Shrewsbury,   Mass.;   Lois,  b.  Sept.  27,   1759;  m. 

Wright;  res.  Grafton,  Mass.;  Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  22,  1762; 

m.  Betsey  Hayden;  res.  Grafton  and  Deerfield,  Mass  ;  Jemima, 
b.  May  21,  1764;  m.  Sylvanus  Morse;  res.  Upton,  Mass.;  Silas,  b. 
May  19,  1766;  m.  May  14,1789,  Rhodah  Fisk;  res.  Grafton,  Mass.; 
their  daughter,  Nancy,  b.  Nov.  15,  1798,  and  married  Nathaniel 
Smith,  son  of  Nathaniel  and  grandson  of  Rev.  Ralph  Smith. 
Nathaniel,  Sr.,was  graduated  at  Dartmouth  College.     They  had 


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five  children,  one  Maria  N.,  b.  Nov.  3,  1827;  m.  Silas  Austin 
Pierce,  the  parents  oT  the  compiler  of  this  work.  (See  Forbes- 
Forbush  Genealogy  by  Pred  C.Pierce.);  Joel,  b.  July  29, 1768; 
d.  Sept.  20,  1776;  Ruth,  b.  Nov.  15,  1770;  d.  young;  Beulah,  b. 

■ ;  m.  Silas  Hardy;  res.  Sherburne,  Mass.;  Mary,  b.  Sept.  2, 

1776;  m.-  Daniel  Leland;  res.  Weathersfield,  Vt.  Anna  d.  in 
Westboro,  Jan.  4,  1785.  ■  He,  her  husband,  d.  there  in  Sept.  1787. 
He  vifas  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  and  at  the  battle  of  Bunker 

Amos,  b.  Mar.  17,  1732. 

Lucy,  b.  Apr.  26,  1734. 

Love,  b.  Sept.  13,  1736;  m.  Mar.  30,  1772,  John  Taft,  of  Upton. 

Lois,  b.  Feb.  9,  173S. 

Eli,  bap.  May  3,  1740;  m.  Elizabeth  Fay  and  Judith  Hazelden. 

270.     Israel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Groton,  Mass.^ 

prob.  abt.  1710;  m.  prob.  1732,  Hannah . 

Israel  Whitney  was  a  cordwainer,  and  was  from  Groton,  Mass.  Feb.  19,  1732, 
he  purchased  land  at  Thompson  Parish,  Conn.,  and  in  1733  moved  to  Oxford,  Mass., 
where  he  afterward  resided.  His  estate  was  valued  at  ^^655.  Apr.  21,  1761,  Oliver 
Cummings,  Sibyla  Cummings,  and  the  widow  Hannah  were  the  only  heirs  of  Israel 
Whitney,  and  were  all  of  Dunstable.  They  deeded  a  moiety  of  his  estate  to  Josiah 
Leonard.     The  inventory  of  his  estate  is  dated  July  2,  1746. 

Israel  was  brother  of  Dr.  Ebenezer  Whitney,  of  Worcester,  who  in  1737  bought 
lands  in  Bedford,  Hampden  Co.,  Mass.  Israel  was  a  soldier  in  the  Cape  Breton 
expedition  in  1745.     After  his  death  his  widow  returned  to  Dunstable. 

He  d.  in  1746;  res.  Groton,  Mass.;  Thompson,  Conn.,  and  Oxford,  Mass. 

739.     i.  SiBYLA,  b.  Feb.  4,  1733,  at  Killmgly,  Conn.;  m.  Oliver  Cummings; 

res.  Dunstable,  Mass. 
Josiah,  b.  1735;  d.  1740. 
Hannah,  b.  Apr.  1737;  d.  bef.  1761. 
Tamar,  b.  1739;  d.  1740. 
Mary,  b.  July  22,  1741;  d.  bef.  1761. 
Richard,  b.  Apr.  22,  1743;  d.  bef.  1761. 

272.     Solomon  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John);  bap.  June  17, 1711 ; 

m.  Mar.  5,  1731,  Martha  Fletcher.     He  d. — ;  res.  Weston  and  Lincoln,  Mass.,  and 

Rindge,  N.  H. 

745,    i.  SoLO.MON,  bap.  Dec.  14,  1735;  m.  June  14,  1761,  Mary  Fay,  res 

Rindge,  N.  H.     He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  com- 
pany from  Lincoln,  Mass. 
Sarah,  bap.  Aug.  28,  1737;  died  young. 
Sarah,  bap.  Nov.  5,  1738. 

Lois,  bap.  Jan.  1,  1743;  m.  in  Lincoln,  Nov.  19,  1771,  Richard 
Davis.  They  went  to  Rindge,  N.  H.,  from  Lincoln,  in  1773.  Ch.: 
Silas,  b.  Aug.  1, 1772,  m  Weston,  Mass.;  Solomon,  b.  April  24, 
1774,  in  Rindge,  N.  H.;  Lois,  b.  Nov.  8,1775,  in  Rindge,  N.  H. 
749.  v.  Abigail,  bap.  May  2,  1741;  m.  Isaiah  Underwood,  of  Lexington, 
who  was  born  Oct.  15, 1733,  d.  May  29, 1771.  Ch.:  Israel,  b.  Dec. 
14,  1762;  Abigail,  b.  Dec.  21,  1764;  Suanna,  b.  Oct.  27,  1766; 
Louis,  b.  Dec.  2,  1768;  Joseph,  b.  Dec.  16,  1770.  The  last  two 
were  born  in  Hubbardston.  Israel  Underwood,  Jr.,  b.  Dec.  14, 
1762,  d.  Sept.  26,  1840;  m.  Rhoda  Newton,  who  was  b.  Apr.  24, 
1761;  d.  Sept. 21, 1^52.  Ch.:  Nancy,  b.  June  8, 1790,  d.  Apr.  19, 1874; 
unm.;  Eber,  b.  July  24,  1791;  Sally,  b.  Oct.  28,  1793;  Josiah,  b. 
June  18,  1795;  Lucy,  b.  Oct.  15,  1796;  Diodorus,  b.  July  1,  1798; 
Rhoda,  b.  Feb.  10,  1800;  Linda,  b.  Mar.  17,  1803;  Eliza,  b.  Mar. 
10,  1805. 

Descendants  are:  Israel  Underwood,  Lena,  111.;  Ira  Under- 
wood, West  Gardner,  Mass.;  Caroline  Smith,  Pelersham,  Mass.; 
Walter  Underwood,  East  Templeton,  Mass.;  Milo  Hartwell,  So. 
Gardner,  Mass.;  Jonas  Joslin,  So.  Gardner,  Mass.;  Charles  A. 
Shumway,  West  Gardner,  Mass. 

Sally  Underwood  was  born  Oct.  28,  1793,  and  died  Jan.  24, 
1878;  she  married  in  1815,  Nathaniel  Sawyer,  of  Rutland,  Mass., 


















who  was  born  Mar.  26,  1786,  and  died  Jan.  13, 1879.  Ch.:  Sally,  b. 
Apr,  30,  1817,  d.  Aug.  1840;  unm.;  Diodorus,  b.  Nov.  10,  1818,  d. 
Nov.  13,  1890;  m.  Amelia  Waste,  of  Whitingham,  Vt.  Had  six 
children,  three  are  now  living:  George  Sawyer,  Whitingham,  Vt.; 
Carrie,  now  Mrs.  Fred.  Whitney,  East  Templeton,  Mass.,  and 
Fred  Sawyer,  East  Templeton,  Mass.  Sally  and  Nathaniel 
Sawyer's  third  child  is  Betsey  Pierce,  b.  Oct.  21,  1823;  m.  Nov. 
11,  1851,  George  Sawyer,  of  Templeton,  Mass.,  who  was  b.  July 
28,  1818,  was  killed  Oct.  14,1863.  They  had  three  children:  Flora 
Belle,  b.  Nov.  27,  1853;  m.  Nov.  26,  1879,  Schuyler  W.  Melendy, 
of  Ludlow,  Vt.,  b.  Sept.  16,  1843.  They  had  one  child:  George 
Hubbard,  b.  Apr.  2,  1882,  d.  May  21,  1888;  res.  West  Gardner, 
Mass.;  Sally  Emma,  b.  May  26,  1857;  George  Scott,  b.  May  9, 
1863;  res.  East  Templeton,  Mass. 

750.  vi.        Martha,  b.  May  14,  1754;   m.   May  10,  1774,  William  Davis,  of 

Rindge,  N.  H.  They  went  from  Lincoln  in  1773  to  Rindge,  N. 
H.  He  was  in  the  Rev.  war,  and  was  at  the  battle  of  Benning- 
ton. Ch.:  Susannah,  b.  May  7,  1775;  Martha,  b.  Oct.  24,  1777; 
Lucy,  b.  Dec.  27,  1778;  Lydia,  b.  June  2,  1781;  m.  Feb.  22,  1808, 
Stephen  Davis,  of  Enosburg,  Vt.;  Bathsheba,  b.  Oct.  2,  1783; 
d.  Sept.  2,  1787;  Solomon,  b.  May  15, 1785;  Israel,  b.  Jan.  17,1788; 
Bathsheba,  b.  May  13,  1793;  Timothy,  b.  Mar.  23,  1795. 

273.  Samuel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  bap.  June  17,  1711; 
m.  Apr.  8,  1735,  Elizabeth  Hastings,  of  Watertown,  b.  1716;  d.  Oct.  23,  1800,  in  Marl- 
boro, V^t.  Samuel  Whitney  resided  in  Weston,  and  in  1743  removed  to  Shrewsbury, 
where  they  were  admitted  to  the  church  in  1761.  He  died  in  Shrewsbury.  His  will 
is  dated  May  2,  1788,  yeoman;  mentions  wife  Elizabeth,  and  children  Samuel,  Na- 
thaniel, Jonas,  Eliphalet,  Lucy,  Lydia,  Susanna,  Elizabeth  Mixer,  Sally  Lyon. 
Asaph  Sherman  was  admr.     He  d.  Aug.  2,1788;  res.  Weston  and  Shrewsbury,  Mass. 

751.  i.  Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  30,  1735;  d.  young. 

752.  ii.         Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  26,  1738;  m.  Apr.  24,  1754,  Joseph  Mixer,  Jr., 

son  of  Major  Joseph;  res.  Shrewsbury,  Mass.;  rem.  to  Athol  and 
d.  there.  Ch.:  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  21, 1754;  d.  1756;  Joseph,  b.  Feb. 
22, 1756;  Samuel,  b.  Jan.  13, 1758;  Moses,b.  Sept.  10, 1760;  Daniel, 
b.  Aug.  25,  1763;  Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  27,  1766. 

Samuel,  b.  Sept.  23, 1739;  m.  Phebe  Harington. 

Lydia,  bap.  Mar.  22,  1740;  d.  Oct.  3, 1745. 

Nathaniel,  bap.  Dec.  5,  1742;  d.  Nov.  19,  1744. 

Lucy,  b.  Aug.  27,  1744;  m.  July  14,  1762,  Asaph  Sherman,  of  Graf- 
ton. (See  history  Grafton,  by  Fred  C.  Pierce.)  He  was  a  promi- 
nent citizen  of  the  town;  was  First  Lieut,  in  Capt.  Lake  Drury's 
company  that  marched  to  the  Lexington  alarm  and  served 
during  the  Rev.  war.  He  was  b.  Mar.  6,  1741;  res.  Grafton. 
Ch.:  Jonathan,  b.  July  18,  1763;  Marv,  b.  Dec.  1,  1764;  Lucy,  b. 
Oct.  25,  1766;  Betty,  b.  Dec.  11, 1768;  Susannah,  b.  Nov.  22,  1770; 
Candice,  b.  Nov.  18,  1772. 

757.  vii.  Lydia,  b.  June  1,  1746;  m.  Nov.  3,  1767,  William  Britton,  of 

758.  viii.  Susanna,  b.  Feb.  26,  1748;  m.  Oct.  4,  1768,  John  Bellows.  Jr., 
of  Shrewsbury,  formerly  of  Southboro.  They  settled  on  the 
Samuel  Whitney  farm.  She  d.  Feb.  1, 1805,  and  he  d.  Mar.  6, 1826. 
Ch.:  Martha,  ra.  Nathan  Newton,  1792;  Chloe,  m.  Pelatiah  Allen, 
of  Holden;  Lucy,  m.  Oliver  Torrey,  of  Killingly,  Conn.;  Anna, 
m.  Dr.  Jacob  Kittridge,  of  Spencer;  Moses,  Lyscom,  John,  b. 
Feb.  21,  1785. 

759.  ix.        Nathaniel,  b.  May  30, 1749;  m.  Mary  Houghton. 

760.  X.         Jonas,  b.  June  14,  1761;  m.  Tamar  Houghton. 

761.  xi,  Sarah,  b.  July  15, 1753;  m.  in  Shrewsbury,  1777,  John  Fisher  Lyon, 
of  Grafton.  He  resided  in  Grafton,  then  in  Shrewsbury,  and 
finally  moved  to  Harvard,  where  he  died.  Ch.b.  Shrews.:  Lydia, 
b.  Apr.  9.  1778;  John,  b.  Oct.  17,  1780. 

762.  xii.  Eliphalet,  bap.  May  4,  1757;  m.  Aug.  12,  1776,  Lois  Houghton, 
of  Lancaster;  res.  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  and  Marlboro,  Vt. 

763.  xiii.     Martha,  bap.  Aug.  5, 1759;  d.  bef.  1788;  not  men.  in  will. 











275.  Joshua  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Mass., 
Mar.  25,  bap.  Apr.  25,  1714;  m.  May  21,  1739,  in  Spencer,  Mass.,  Mehitable  Wilson, 
of  Spencer,  dau.  of  Dea.  James  and  Mehitable.     She  d.  May  1,  1785. 

Joshua  Whitney  in  1746  resided  in  that  part  of  Leicester  afterwards  incorporated 
as  Spencer.  He  purchased  land  of  Dea.  James  Wilson,  Sr.,  whose  dau.  he  married. 
Wilson  came  from  Lexington  to  Leicester  in  1714,  and  to  Spencer  in  1730.  He  was 
a  prominent  citizen,  often  promoted  to  offices  of  trust  and  honor,  and  was  deacon  in 
Rev.  Mr.  Fisk's  church.  Joshua  moved  to  Stockbridge  in  1758.  In  seating  the 
meeting  house  in  1771  the  residents  were  given  seats  according  to  the  value  of  their 
estates.  Of  the  sixty-eight  families  Joshua  Whitney  was  the  twenty-seventh.  He  is 
interred  in  the  old  Norwich  Hill  burying  ground,  and  his  stone  reads: 

In  Memory  of 
Mr.  Joshua  Whitney 
he  died  25  June 
A.  D. 1786 
in  the  70. 
year  of  his  age. 
Death  is  a  debt  to  nature  due. 
Which  I  have  paid,  and  so  must  you. 
Weep  not  for  me,  dry  up  your  tears. 
I  must  lie  here  till  Christ  appears. 
He  d.  in  1785;  res.  Leicester,  Spencer,  and  Stockbridge,  Mass. 

Phixehas,  b.  June  24,  1740;  m.  Sarah  Harrington. 
Lemuel,  b.  1743;  m.  Thankful  Grififith. 

Beulah,  b.  1745;  m.  1765,  John  Ball.  He  was  b.  1747,  the  son  of 
Eleazer,  who  was  b.  in  Concord,  and  who  was  one  of  the  first 
settlers  in  Rutland.  He  d.  Sept  4,  1775,  ae.  28.  The  children 
were  all  born  in  Leicester,  Mass.  She  d.  in  Langdon,  N.  H.,  in 
1822.  Ch.:  Daniel,  b.  Aug.  10,1765;  Eleazer,  b.  May  11,  1767; 
Sibbil,  b.  Sept.  19,  1768;  Sarah,  b.  Oct.  6,  1771;  Mehitable,  b. 
July  24,  1773;  John,  b.  June  25, 1775. 
Elisha,  b.  1747;  m.  Esther  Clark. 
John,  b.  1751;  m.  Rachel  Hiscock. 

Mehitable,  b.  1756;  m.  Obadiah  Newton;  res.  Spencer,  Mass., 
and  Granville,  N.  Y.  Her  husband  died  and  she  married  a 
Williams.  He  died  and  she  again  married  a  Hanks  and  moved 
to  Hopkinton,  Ohio. 

Joshua,  b.  1758;  m.  Esther  Prouty  and Sartwell. 

Susannah,  b.  1762;  m.  William  Hiscock;  res.  in  eastern  N.  Y. 
Polly,  b.  Oct.  19,1766;  m.  May  19.  1789,  Jonathan  Upham;  res, 
Windham,  Vt.    She  d.  Oct.  14,  1843.     Polly  lived  m  Dudley, 
Mass.,  then  in  Gifford,  Vt.,  and  afterwards  in  Windham.     He 








wasb.  in  Dudley,  Mass.,  June  26,  1761,  was  a  soldier  in  the  Rev- 
olutionary war,  and  d.  July  15, 1827.  He  was  a  farmer.  Ch.:  Rox- 
ania,  b.  Aug.  22,1791 ;  m.  Nov.  29,  1820,  Reuben  Prentiss,  oldest 
son  of  Harvev  N.;  res.  Windam.  She  d.  June  9,  1855;  Sophia, 
b.  Mar.  17,  1793;  m.  Jan.  4,  1827,  Henry  Miller;  her  son  H.  C. 
res.  Ovid,  Iowa.  She  d.  May  21,  1836;  Mehitable,  b.  Dec.  25, 
1788;  d.  Aug.  25,  1833;  Jerusha,  b.  Sept.  11,  1794;  d.  Feb.  15, 
1849;  Polly,  b.  July  7,  1796;  d.  Oct.  15,  1848;  Gardner,  b.  May2, 
1798;  res.  Windham,  Vt.;  m.  Oct.  11,  1827,  Eunice  A.  Emory,  d. 
June  23,  1848;  m.  2d,  Jan.  15,  1850,  Marilla  Wyman,  d.  Mar.  4, 
1867;  m.  3d,  Feb.  20,1872,  Mr,s,  Elizabeth  Abbott,  d.  Jan.  17, 
1879.  He  is  still  living  (1893),  altliougn  ne  has  completed  his 
ninety-fifth  year.  His  health  is  good,  and  he  attends  church 
regularly  and  goes  to  the  postoffice  daily,  with  the  exception  of 
the  very  cold  weather  last  winter.  His  own  generation  has 
passed  and  most  of  the  next  generation,  but  he  still  remains,  a 
pleasant,  genial  companion  to  the  old,  the  young,  or  the  middle- 
aged,  conversing  with  equal  fluency  on  the  incidents  of  his 
boyhood  ,  the  current  topics  of  the  day,  or  any  intervening 
event.  He  was  born  in  Guilford,  Vt.,but  went  to  Windham  when 
six  years  old  and  spent  his  life  there,  except  from  1850  to  1872 
he  lived  in  Grafton,  Vt.;  Jonathan,  b.  May  30,  1800;  m.  Sept.  18, 
1832,  Sarah  M.  Moore;    res.  Windham.     He  d.  May  B,  1878; 


one  child  living,  Asahel,  at  W.;  Asahel,  b.  Dec.  15,  1802;  res. 
W.;  m.  Sept.  9,  1833,  Hannah  S.  Carter;  was  a  merchant  in 
Boston;  d.  s.  p.  Dec.  29,  1833;  Zenas,  b.  July  28,  1807;  d.  Feb. 
24,  1810;  Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  24,  1805;  m.  Sept.  6,  1837,  Susan 
D.  Grout;  res.  New  York,  Iowa,  and  d.  Mar.  2,  1876;  a  dau., 
Mrs.  W.  B.  Burton,  res.  New  York,  Iowa;  Zenas  H.,b.  Oct.  19, 
1811;  m.  Harriet  L.  Putnam  and  Jane  E.  Pierce.  He  d.  Dec. 
16,  1892.  Sons;  Abel  P.,  care  Sprague,  Warner  &  Co.;  Dea.  A, 
O.  Prentice,  Chicago,  and  Herbert  J.,  Stillwater,  Iowa. 

773.  X.         SiBBiLLAH,  b.  1754. 

276.  David  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  in  Watertown, 
Mass.,  in  1716;  m.  m  Needham,  Nov.  17,  1743,  Mehitable  Parker.  She  m.  Oct.  27, 
1757,  Josiah  Ware  (his  third  wife),  b.  Mar.  21,  1707;  d.  1798  in  Needham.  He  was 
born  in  Watertown,  Mass.;  was  leit  fatherless  at  the  age  of  14,  at  which  time  a  guar- 
dian was  appointed  for  him  (Middlesex  Probate,  1731,  No.  17631).  He  resided  nearly 
all  his  life  in  Needham,  but  died  in  Natick,  Mass.  David  Whitney,  who  married 
Mehitable  Parker,  that  son  of  Nathaniel  and  Mercy  (Robinson)  of  Weston,  whom 
Wm.  L.  Whitney  names  as  in  his  15th  year  in  1731  (No.  243,  p.  26).  A  glance  at  Bond, 
p.  965,  No.  107,  shows  that  Nathaniel,  eldest  son  of  Nathaniel  and  Mercy*,  named  his 
third  son  for  this  youngest  brother  David;  while  David,  who  was  not  much  older  than 
his  nephews,  and  possibly  lived  among  them  after  his  father's  death  in  1730,  out  of 
five  children  of  his  own,  transmitted  the  names  of  his  nephevvp,  Ephraim  and  Oliver, 
and  of  his  mother,  Mercy.  Mehitable,  the  mother,  died  bef.  1764,  for  Apr.  19  of  that 
year  Josiah  married  for  fourth  wife,  Sibel  Robinson;  no  ch.  He  d.  Apr.  19, 1754;  res. 
Needham  and  Natick,  Mass. 

774.  i.         Oliver,    b.    Apr.  15,    Needham;  bap.  June  9,  1744;  m.  Hannah 

Mary,  b.  Nov.  5;  bap.  Natick,  Nov.  24,  1745. 
Ephraim,  bap.  May  29,  1747;  m.  Sarah  Wood. 
John,  b.  June  5,  1749. 
Mercy,  b.  Jan.  8,  1751. 
Mehitable,  b.  Aug.  3,  1758;  m.  May  10,  1780,  Abraham  Whitney, 

Jr.,  of  Stow.     She  d.  1835. 

780.  vii.     WiLLiA.M,  b.  1760;  d.  young. 

277.  William  Whitney  (William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Jan.  11,  1707;  m. 
in  Sudbury  Sept.  10,  1735,  Hannah  Harrington;  d.  Apr.  30,  1740;  m.  2d  Mar.  30,  1742, 
Mrs.  Mary  (Chadwick)  Pierce,  b.  Oct.  6,  1713;  d.  Feb.  23,  1756;  m.  3d  Aug.  12,  17.56, 
Margaret  Spring;  m.  4th  June  14,  1763,  Mrs.  Sarah  Davis,  of  Brookline;  res.  Weston, 

781.  i.  William,  b.  Apr.  10,  1736;  m.  Mary  Mansfield. 

782.  ii.         Hannah,  b.  Feb.  16,  1737;  m.  Apr.  25,  1757,  Henry  Spring,  of 

Weston.     He  was  son  of  Henry,  b.  April  6,  1733. 

783.  iii.        Phinehas,  b.  Apr.  23,  1740;  m.  Miriam  Willard,  Lydia  Bowes  and 

Mrs.  Jane  Garfield. 

784.  iv.        Mary,  bap.  Dec.  17,  1742;  d.  young. 

785.  V.         Mary,  b.  Dec.  11,  1744;  m.  May  29,  1777,  Amos  Fiske,  of  Walth. 

man.  He  was  born  Apr.  25,  1754;  was  a  soldier  in  the  Rev. 
war;  had  four  children,  three  daughters  and  one  son;  Polly,  b. 
Aug.,  1778;  m.  Mar.  29,  1801,  Samuel  Harrington,  of  Watertown; 
the  other  two  daughters  m.  Stearns  and  Fletcher;  the  son,  Amos 
Fiske,  Jr.,  died  at  Cinn.;  Polly  Fiske  Harrington  m.  1807  Jere- 
miah Wiswell,  of  Newton;  had  one  child  by  S.  Harrington  and 
four  by  J.  Wiswell;  a  granddaughter  is  Mrs.  C.  K.  Thomas,  118 
Princeton  St.,  East  Boston,  Mass. 

786.  vi.        Sarah,  b.  Sept.  6,  1736;  m.  Gen.  Amasa  Davis,  of  Boston;  b.  Aug. 

17,1744;  d.  Jan.  30,  1825. 

787.  vii.      Nathaniel,  b.  Mav  1,  1748;  d.  Oct,  10,  1751. 

788.  viii.     Joel,  b.  Dec.  22,  1749;  d.  Feb.,  1750. 

789.  ix.        Susanna,  b.  Dec.  23,  1751;  m.  May  14,  1778,  Israel  Mead,  of  Med- 

ford;  b.  Dec.  27,  1751. 

790.  X.         Abigail,  b.  Dec.  30,  1753;    m.  May  14,  1778,  Samuel  Custis,  of 

Marlboro.     He  was  from  Roxbury,  and  moving  to  Marlboro  to 

♦Bond  says  "  Mary,"  which  Temple  and  Wm.  L.  W.  correct  to  Mercy. 





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practice  his  profession,  that  of  a  physician,  he  m.  the  wid.  of 
Dr.  Dexter.  After  her  death,  Dec.  25, 1774,  he  married  as  above. 
He  had  two  children  by  his  first  wife,  and  by  his  second,  Anna, 
b^  May  26,  17^0:  Samuel,  b.  Feb.  14,  1779;  Fanny,  b.  Mar.  19, 
1781.  He  was  a  man  of  influence,  was  clerk,  selectman  and 
justice  of  the  peace;  was  a  member  of  the  committee  of  corre- 
spondence in  1778. 

281.  Lieut.  Samuel  Whitney  (William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  May  23, 
1719;  m.  Oct.  20,  1741,  Abigail  Fletcher.  He  was  a  leading  man  in  the  settlement  of 
Westmister,  and  was  frequently  elected  to  office.  He  went  from  Weston  soon  after 
his  marriage,  probably  in  1742.  His  place  of  residence  in  Westminster  in  1859  was 
owned  by  Mr.  Hartwell.  The  old  cellar  is  still  visible.  Samuel  was  frequently 
elected  selectman  and  during  the  Revolutionary  war  was  a  lieutenant.  The  History 
•of  Westminster  says:  "He  located  on  lot  No.  51,  near  the  No.  Common,  where 
Leander  Hartwell  now  lives.  The  house  he  built  stood  a  few  rods  south  of  the  site 
of  the  present  one.  He  was  a  prominent,  capable,  and  much  esteemed  resident  of 
the  township,  one  of  the  executive  committee  of  the  propriety  and  selectman  three 
years  after  incorporation.  He  also  held  a  commission  as  lieutenant  in  the  militia  of 
the  province.  He  was  a  man  of  wealth  and  influence,  having  a  large  landed  estate, 
which  enabled  him  to  give  each  of  his  sons  a  farm,  it  is  said,  before  or  at  his 
•decease."  The  inventory  of  his  estate  was  made  to  probate  court  by  his  widow, 
Abigail,  in  April,  1783.     He  d.  Jan.  1,.1782;  res.  Weston  and  Westminster,  Mass. 

Abigail,  b.  Aug.  27, 1742;  prob.  d.  young. 

Mary,  b.  May  29,  1744;  m.  Elijah  Gibson  and  Edward  Scott,  of 

Samuel,  b.  Feb.  11,  1746;  m.  Thankful  Wilder. 
Abner,  b.  May  18,  1748;  m.  Elizabeth  Glazier  and  Levina  (Glaz- 
ier) Ward. 

Achsah,  b.  Sept.  30.  1750;  d.  May  14,  1772. 
Silas,  b.  Oct.  20,  1752;  m.  Sarah  Withington. 
Martha,  b.  Nov.  26,  1755;  d.  young. 
Elisha,  b.  July  2,  1757;  m.  Eunice  Seaver. 

Alpheus,  b.  Feb.  25,  1759;  m.  Esther  Hartwell;  History  of  West- 
minster says  s.  p. 

Phinehas,  b.  Jan.  16,  1761;  m.  Elizabeth  Rand. 

Hananiah,  b.  Dec.  18,  1762;  m.  Azubah  Keyes. 

Martha,  b.  Sept.  18,  1764;  m.  Benjamin  Seaver  and  Isaac  Seaver. 

Susanna,  b.  Feb.  9,  1767;  d.  young. 

284.  Samuel  Whitney  (Samuel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Stratford,  Conn.. 
Dec.  13, 1727;  m.  Mar.  26,  1751,  Hannah  Judson,  who  d.  smallpox  Dec.  23,  1760;  m- 

■2d  Martha . 

He  was  appointed  administrator  of  his  father's  estate  Feb.  21,  1754.  The  town 
gave  him  liberty  to  erect  a  store  house  of  about  20  feet  in  length  and  18  broad 
under  the  bank  of  the  Mill  river,  near  the  upper  ship  yard,  at  the  Ram  pasture,  the 
place  to  be  fixed  by  Thomas  Hill  and  James  Smedly,  a  committee  for  that  purpose^ 
at  said  Whitney's  cost.  It  is  said  he  was  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary  war  and 
that  he  died  in  the  early  part  of  the  war,  being  one  of  several  who  were  killed  by 
being  poisoned.  He  may  have  been  a  prisoner  in  New  York  at  the  time  of  his  death; 
res.  Newtown,  Conn. 

James,  b.  Aug.  10,  1753;  m.  Eunice  Johnson  and  Mrs.  Rhoda  Peet. 

Samuel,  b.  Oct.  9, 1757;  m.  Huldah  Stilson. 

John,  b.  Mar.  16,  1767.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary 
war,  and  is  said  to  have  been  captured  in  Algiers. 

807.  iv.        Hannah,  b.  Mar.  1,  1769;    m.  Wright;    res.  Huntington, 


808.  v.         Sarah,  b.  in  1771;  d.  unm.;  said  to  have  been  the  most  beautiful 

girl  in  Huntington^  Conn, 

809.  vi.        Isaac,  b.  in  1773;  m.  Susannah  Bryan. 

286.    Isaac  Whitney  (John,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Sept.  2,  1710,  in  Weston;  m- 
Feb.  8,  1729,  Elizabeth  Gale;  bap.  May  25,  1712;  res.  Weston,  Mass. 
810.    i.        Elizabeth,  bap.  July  19, 1741, 














































2b7.  Zachariah  Whitney  (John,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  28,  1711,  in 
Weston;  m.  Apr.  11,  1739,  Sarah  Boynton,  of  Lunenburg,  Mass.;  res.  Woburn,  Mass., 
and  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

Zachariah,  b.  Jan.  16,  1747;  m.  Elizabeth  Wetherbee. 

Sarah,  b.  Feb.  27,  1740;  rx\.  Mar.  3,  1763,  Silas  Button. 

Jane,  b.  Sept.  22,  1742. 

Abigail,  b.  Jan.  17,  1746. 

Mary,  b.  April  8,  1752. 

John,  b.  Apr.  16,  1756;  m.  Priscilla  Battles. 

289.  Abraham  Whitney  (John,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Aug.  8,  1716,  bap.  June 
17,  1741;  ni.  Jan.  20,  1742,  Tabitha  Allen,  b.  Oct.  26,  1722;  dau.  of  Joseph,  Jr.,  and 
Abigail  Allen.  His  father  John  was  one  of  the  original  proprietors  of  Paris,  Me., 
in  1735.     Abraham  was  given  this  land  in  1771;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

817.  i.  Elisha,  b.  Mar.  2,  1743. 

818.  ii.         Simon,  b.  Nov.  21,  1745;  d.  Apr.  25.  1751. 

819.  iii.       Abigail,  b. ;  d.  Apr.  23,  1751. 

820.  iv.        Levi,  b.  May  16,  1750. 

821.  v.         Sarah,  b.  May  18,  1752. 

291.  Joseph  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  3,  1710;  m.  Apr. 
19,  1737,  Mary  Child,  b.  Feb.  25,  1717.  In  the  Middlesex  Register  of  Deeds  office 
is  found  the  following  data:  1785,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  and  wife  Susan,  and  Abraham 
and  wife  Mary,  of  Watertown,  late  father  Joseph  and  brother  Daniel;  1785,  Joseph, 
Jonathan,  and  Abraham,  in  behalf  of  his  late  wife,  Elizabeth  Whitney,  deceased; 
all  heirs  of  Joseph,  deceased,  of  Watertown.  Witness:  Jonathan,  Jr.  He  d.  in  1790; 
res.  Weston,  Mass. 

Joseph,  b.  Mar.  13,  1737,  d.  young. 
Joseph,  b.  Mar.  13,  1738;  m.  Elizabeth  Goddard. 
David,  b.  Jan.  21,  1740;  d.  bef.  1784. 
Jonathan,  b.  Apr.  12,  1743;  m.  Susanna  Norcross. 
Abijah,  b.  Sept.  6,  1744;  m.  Lydia  Stearns. 

Elizabeth,  bap.  Nov.  23,  1746;  m.  Abraham  Whitney,  son  of 
John  and  Susan . 

292.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),b.  Watertown,  Mass., 

Sept.  14,  1712;  m.  — ■ — — .     (See  Worcester  records  of    births  in   city  clerk's 

office.     He   did  not  die  Nov.  13,  1713,  as  Bond  says,  in  his  History  of  Watertown.) 
Res.  Worcester,  Mass. 

828.  i.         Benjamin,  b.  in  1737;  m.  Sarah  White. 

829.  ii.        Samuel,  b.  in  1741;  m.  Mary  White. 

293.  Samuel  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Nov.  22,  1715:  m. 
Mar.  1, 1742,  Mary  Clark,  b.  1713;  d.  1765.  His  will  probated  in  1808;  was  of  Water- 
town;  gave  property  to  brother  Benjamin,  of  Worcester,  and  his  sister,  Elizabeth 
Child.  Also  gives  Joseph  Whitney,  second  son  of  Jonathan,  of  Watertown,  yi  part 
of  his  estate.  He  was  admr.  on  his  wife's  estate  in  1765.  He  d.  s.  p.  1808;  res. 
Watertown,  Mass. 

304.  John  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  bap.  Mar.  17,  1731;  m.  July 
4,  1753,  Mary  Benjamin,  b.  May  24,  1726,  He  served  in  the  Watertown  company  in 
the  Revolutionary  war;  res.  Waltham,  Mass. 

830.  i.         Samuel,  bap.  June  6,  1756. 

307.  Abraha.m  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  7,  1735;  m.  July 
10,  1766,  Elizabeth  Whitney,  bap.  Nov.  23,  1746,  dau.  of  Joseph  and  Mary;  m.  2d  in 
Watertown,  Dec.  3,  1772,  Mary  Mead,  b.  May  1,  1753,  dau.  of  Joshua. 

He  was  born  in  Watertown,  Mass.,  and  resided  there  for  some  time  after  his 
marriage.  With  his  brothers  he  served  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt. 
Barnard  from  Watertown  in  the  Revolutionary  war  and  marched  from  Watertown 
to  Lexington  on  the  alarm  April  19,  1775.  Paul  Revere  was  ably  assisted  in  spread- 
ing the  intelligence  of  the  landing  of  the  British  at  Cambridge,  by  Abraham 

The  night  before  the  battle  of  Lexington,  Abraham   Whitney   started  off  for 

Lynn   on    horseback,   at  about    midnight,   with    panniers  filled  with   shoes,   which 

his  brother  desired  to  have  delivered  in   Lynn   early  in   the    morning.     Abraham 

Whitney  had  got  about  to  Charlestown  when  he  was  startled  by  a  voice  in  the  dark, 




















which  stealthily  asked  him,  "  If  he  knew  the  regulars  were  landing."  He  replied 
that  he  did  not;  whereupon  he  was  informed  of  the  particulars.  Relieving  his 
horse  of  the  load  of  shoes,  he  galloped  him  back  to  Watertown,  where,  arousing  a 
few  of  his  neighbors,  it  was  not  long  ere  the  words,  "  The  regulars  have  landed,  be 
on  the  church  green  at  sunrise,"  had  resounded  on  the  still  night  air,  from  each 
man's  doorway,  and  soon  lights  began  to  gleam  from  house  to  house,  an  index  of 
life  and  bustle  within.  Prompt  to  the  summons,  the  sun  arose  on  a  line  of  men 
ranged  on  the  green  in  front  of  the  old  meeting  house.  We  can  imagine  the  anxious 
countenances  of  the  wives  and  children,  the  compressed  lips  and  stern  faces  of  the 
men,  as  they  listened  to  a  few  words  from  their  leader,  and  their  strong  and 
measured  tread,  as  at  the  roll  of  the  drum  they  hastened  away,  in  answer  to  the  first 
call  of  liberty.     Res.  Westford,  Mass.,  and  Concord,  Mass. 

831.  i.         Abraham,  b. . 

832.  ii.         Lois,  b.  1777.     She  d.  in  Concord  in  1796  unm. 
883.    iii        Elizabeth,  b. . 

309.  EzEKiEL  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  bap.  Apr.  12,1741;  m. 
Dec.  6,  1763,  Catherine  Draper,  of  Roxbury;  m.  2d,  May  19,  1769,  Catherine  Anson. 
Ezekiel  became  one  of  the  grantees  of  land  at  Paris,  Me.,  in  the  right  of  his  uncle 
Ensign  David.  He  was  a  cordwainer  by  trade.  Served  in  the- Rev.  war  in  Capt. 
Barnard^s  Watertown  company.     He  d.  in  1801;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Ezekiel,  b.  Apr.  13,  1768;  m.  Lydia and- . 

Francis,  b.  Sept.  23,  1771. 
Amasa,  b.  May  4,  1774. 

Catherine,  b.  Mar.  4,  1777;  m.  Feb.  17,  1803,  Francis  S.  Hooker 
of  Rutland.     Had  son  Christopher  Columbus. 

838.  v.        Aaron,  b.  June  20,  1780. 

310.  Stephen  Whitney  (John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  23,  bap,  Aus:. 
14,  1743;  m.  May  10,  1770,  Relief  Stearns;  b.  Apr.  10,  1749;  d.  Jan.  17,  1803.  He  was 
born  in  Watertown;  worked  on  his  father's  farm;  learned  the  shoemaker's  trade. 
After  his  marriage  moved  to  Lunenburg,  where  he  was  a  farmer.  During  the  Rev- 
olutionary war  he  served  in  the  Watertown  company.  He  d.  Apr.  4,  1833;  res. 
Watertown,  Lunenburg,  and  Fitchburg,  Mass.        * 

839.  i.         Stephen,  b.  Jan.  25,  1771;  m.  Sally  Dexter. 

840.  ii.        Relief,  b.  Nov.  11,  1773;  m.  June  19,  1803,  Asa  Tarball,  of  Gro- 

ton ;  b.  Mar.,  1772.  She  d.  July;  1855.  Ch.:  Edmund,  b.  Apr.  26, 
1804;  m.  Sophia  Smith;  Nancy,  b.  Jan.  6, 1806;  m.  J.  J.  Bigelow, 
of  Boston;  Charles,  b.  Dec.  3,  1807;  m.  Sarah  B.  Jewett. 

841.  iii.       Lucy,   b.  Oct.   17,  1774;  m.  Mar.  5,  1797,  Solomon  Day,  of  Fitch- 

burg; b.  Oct.  28,  1767;  d.  Mar.  7,  1837.    She  d.  Aug.  10,  1858,  in 

Fitchburg.     Ch.:   Abigail  N.,  b.   Mar.   12,   1799;  d.   Nov.,  1818; 

Stephen  W.,b.  Feb.  28,  1801;  d.  Nov.  23,  1826,  at  Milford,  Mass.; 

Lucretia  S.,  b.  Apr.  19,  1803;  m.  Alvan  Simonds,  Nov.  15, 1855;  d. 

Jan.  30,  1866,  at  Boston,  Mass.;  Mary  Ann,  b.  May  27,  1805;  m. 

Levi   Downe;   d.  at   Fitchburg,  Mass.;  Lucy   Whitney,  b.  Sept. 

10,   1807;    m.  Alvan  Simonds,  Jan.  17,  1832;  d.  Apr.  17,  1854; 

a  son,  Edwin  A.,  res.  32  Astor  St.,  Chicago,  111.;  Relief  E.,  b. 

Aug.  16,  1813;  d.  June  1,  1835. 
Abijah,  b.  Aug.  10,  1776;  m.  Betsey  Whitney. 
Lois,  b.  Jan.  26,  1779;  m.  Francis   Wolf,  of  Boston.    Ch.:  Louisa, 

b. ;  m.  Joseph  Hunting;   Francis  W.,  b. ;  res.  N.  Y.  city; 

was emp.  M.  E.  Book  Concern;  Susan, m.  Israel  Tole;  res.  Boston. 
Nancy,  b.  Oct.  15,  1782;  d.  unm.  Oct.  4,  1866,  in  Westfield,  N.  Y. 
Polly,  b.  Nov.  1783;  m.  1814,  Joseph  Burns,  of  Milford,  N.  H.; 

3  ch.     She  d.  Aug.  1843. 
Lucretia,  b.  Oct.  14,  1785;  m.  Robert  Cunningham,  of  Boston, 

who  soon  d.     She  d.  s.  p.  Dec.  29,  1868. 
Prentiss,  b.  Nov.  2,  1787;  m.  Sylvia  Bicknell. 
SuKEY,b.  Aug.  16,  1789;  d.  Nov.,  1807.     All  the  ten  children  sang 

together  in  the  church  choir,  in  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

314.  David  Whitney  (David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Sept.  25,  1723;  m.  Mary 
Merriam,  b.  June  15,  1729.  His  will  is  dated  1764.  He  died  June  25,  1769;  res.  Walt- 
ham,  Mass. 














849.  i.  Mary,  b.  Dec.  22,  1751;  m.  Apr.  18,  1768,  William  Wellington,  b. 

July  28,  1746;  res.  Lex.  Ch.":  William,  b.  Dec.  11,  1769;  m.  Avis- 
Fiske;  David,  b.  Nov.  1,  1771;  m.  Rebecca  Stearns;  Abraham, 
b.  Mar.  22,  1774;  m.  Elizabeth  Lawrence;  Polly,  b.  Apr.  16, 1776; 
m.  Phinehas  Lawrence;  Isaac,  b.  Feb.  20,  1778;  drowned  Nov. 
1798;  member  senior  class,  Har.  Coll.;  Charles,  b.  Feb.  20,  1780: 
gr.  Har.  Coll.  1802;  rev.  Set  Templeton;  Alice,  b.  Oct.  31,  1781; 
m.  James  Clarke;  Betsey,  b.  Feb.  4,  1784;  m.  Capt.  Isaac  Child; 
Seth,  b.  Nov.  18,  1785;  m.  Louisa  Miles  and  Mrs.  Sabra  Stone; 
Sybil,  b.  Sept.  24,  1737;. m.  Irving  Pierce;  Marshall,  b.  Sept.  26, 
1789;  m.  Elizabeth  Kimball;  Darius,  b.  Jan.  14,1794;  m.  twice; 
Almira,  b.  Aug.  1,  1795;  m.  Francis  Bowman;  Isaac,  b.  Nov.  12, 

850.  ii.         David,  b.  July  9,  1753;  d.  Mar.  1,  1776. 

851.  lii.        Sarah,  b.  Feb.  8,  1756;  m.  Aug.  28,  1776,  Bezaleel  Wright. 

852.  iv.        Ruth,   b.   Jan.   2,   1760;  m.   Dec.  7,  1780,  Roland   Blackman,  o£ 


316.  Capt.  Nathan  Whitney  (David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  IMar.  12,  1726; 
m.  Sept.,  1752,  Tabitha  Merriam,  b.  May  10,  1733;  d.  Dec.  26,  1822. 

On  the  26th  of  Dec,  1750,  Nathan  Whitney  bought  of  Benjamin  Brown  lot  No. 
90,  in  the  south  part  of  the  township  (Narragansetts  No.  2,  now  Westminster,  Mass.), 
now  represented  by  his  gt.-gd.  sons,  Edward  and  George  C.  Whitney,  of  Worcester, 
who  occupy  a  portion  of  it,  and  the  buildings  thereon  as  a  summer  residence.  Early 
in  July  following  he  was  reported  to  the  Gen.  Ct.  as  "a  good  man,  at  work  on  the 
spot."  Not  finding,  however,  a  satisfactory  site  on  the  premises  for  a  permanent 
dwelling  ho.,  he  purchased  of  his  prospective  f.-in-law,  Thomas  Merriam,  of  Lex., 
the  S.  E.  end  of  the  adjoining  lots,  .\'os.  83  and  84,  and  erected  a  temporary  place  of 
abode,  near  where  his  gd.  s.,  Calvin,  now  lives.  This,  a  few  years  later,  was  super- 
seded by  a  more  substantial  structure,  the  oldest  part  of  the  habitation  herein 
represented.  In  1752  or  1753  he  brought  to  his  new  home  his  yg.  bride,  Tabitha 
Merriam,  whom  he  m.  in  Sept.  of  the  former  year.  It  is  stated  that  after  Mr.  W. 
had  bought  his  lot  and  expended  some  labor  upon  it  he  became  much  discouraged 
and  resolved  to  abandon  the  undertaking.  But  his  intended  f.-in-law,  who  had  con- 
siderable landed  interests  in  the  vicinity,  dissuaded  him  from  his  purpose.  More- 
over, the  coming  hither  of  his  w.  at  an  early  day  hel])ed  to  make  him  contented, 
though  lonelipess  on  her  part  and  fear  of  Indians  caused  her  for  a  time  much  unhap- 
piness.  As  time  went  on,  however,  outward  trials  diminished,  but  sad  domestic 
experiences  arose.  Twice  were  these  new-comers  wholly  bereaved  of  their  children. 
By  the  fearful  epidemic  of  1756,  the  first  two  d.  before  the  third  saw  the  light,  while 
a  similar  visitation  in  1764  took  from  them  the  four  that  in  the  intervening  period 
had  been  born  to  them.  Three  only  of  the  nine  they  had  in  all,  b.  at  a  later  date, 
were  spared  to  mature  years.  He  was  a  weaver  by  trade  and  established  a  loom  in 
his  colonial  home. 

Nathan  Whitney  was  an  enterprising,  prosperous  citizen,  patriotic  and  public- 
spirited,  and  interested  in  military  affairs.  As  corporal  in  the  Co.  of  which  Daniel 
Hoar  was  Capt.  in  1759,  he  was  ordered  in  the  name  of  his  majesty,  George  II.,  to 
impress  for  service  in  the  Canada  Expedition  one  Edward  Joyner,  a  resident  of  the 
township.  In  1771  he  had  risen  to  the  dignity  of  captain,  receiving  his  commission 
from  the  rcyal  governor  at  that  date,  Thomas  Hutchinson.  Mr.  Whitney  departed 
this  life  .-Xug.  10,  1803,  at  the  age  of  76.  'His  with,  Tabitha,  survived  him  nearly  20 
years,  passing  on  Dec.  26,  1822,  ae.  90.  That  he  was  an  eminently  successful  farmer,, 
and  one  of  the  largest  property  holders  of  his  day  is  shown  by  the  U.  S.  valuation 
and  tax-list  made  out  in  1798,  and  also  by  the  inventory  of  his  estate  filed  at  the 
Prob.  Ct.,  Oct.  1,  1803.  It  may  be  questioned  whether  another  resident  of  the  town 
■was  so  favorably  conditioned  in  this  respect  as  was  he  at  that  early  date.  Interest- 
ing features  of  his  wiliare  that  his  s.,  David,  to  whom  he  bequeathed  his  home  farm^ 
shall  furnish  his  wid.,  Tabitha,  besides  certain  specified  househokl  previlege?  and 
conveniences,  "2  cows,  a  horse  to  ride  with  when  she  wants  it,"  and  also  each  year 
"4  bush,  rye  meal,  6  bush.  Indian,  2  bush,  wheat  made  into  flour,  100  lbs.  pork,  100 
beef,  3  barrels  cyder,  and  10  cords  wood."  He  d.  Aug.  10,  1803;  res.  Waltham  and 
Westminster,  Mass. 

853.  i.         Tabitha,  b.  June  29, 1753;  d.  Oct.  14,  1756. 
■  854.    ii.         Nathan,  b.  May  16,  1755;  d.  Aug.  28,  1756. 

855.     iii.        Tabitha,  b.  July  6,  1757;  d.  June  27,  1764. 




























Nathan,  b.  Apr.  9,1759;  d.  July  2,  1764. 
Jonathan,  b  jMav  14,  1761;  d.  June  21,  1764. 
Ruth,  b.  Apr.  17,' 1763;  d.  July  9,  1764. 
Nathan,  b.  July  1,  1765;  m.  Eunice  Puffer. 
David,  b.  Aug.'l6,  1767;  m.  Elizabeth  Barrow. 
John,  b.  Oct.  13,  1769;  m.  Elizabeth  Stearns. 

318.  JosiAH  Whitney  (David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Nov.  22,  1730;  ni. 
June  15,  1762,  Sarah  Laurence,  b.  July  21,  1737,  d.  Sept.  14,  1794.  He  served  in  a 
Waltham  company  during  the  Revolutionary  war.  He  d.  Dec.  3,  1800;  res.  Waltham 
and  Ashby,  Mass. 

Sarah,  b  Apr.  18,  1763. 
JosiAH,  b.  June  23,  1765;  m.  Mary  Barrett. 

Rhoda,  b.  Aug.  22,  1768;  m.  May  8,  1794,  Amos  Smith,  b.  Feb.  26, 
1762;  res.  Waltham.  She  d.  Feb.  25,  1817.  Ch.:  Amos,  b.  Dec. 
26,  1794;  Sarah.b.  Mar.8,  1796;  d.  Sept.  25,  1804;  John,  b.  Oct.  18, 

1797;  Alice,  b.  May  7,  1799,  d. ,1800;  Alice,  b.  Jan.  28, 1801; 

m.  Dec.  23,  1824,  Uriah  B.  Stearns;  John,  b.  Apr.  13,  1802;  Luke, 
b.  May  17,  1803;  Darius,  b.  Aug.  3,  1804;  Sarah,  b.  Nov.  30.  1806; 
Josiah,  b.  Nov.  7,1808. 
Jonathan,  b.  May  8.  1772;  m.  Sarah  Child. 
Anna,  bap.  Apr.  2.  1775. 
Lucy,  bap.  July  28,  1776. 
Nancy,  b. 

819.  Jonas  Whitney  (David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  June  25,  1733;  m. 
Sept. 27, 1757,  Sarah  Whittemore  of  Lexington,  b.  1728;  d.  July  26,  1821. 

Jonas  Whitney  was  s.  of  Ensign  David  of  Waltham.  He  followed  his  elder 
hro.  to  Nar.  No  2,  and  on  the  20th  July,  1757,  bought  of  Samuel  Merriam,  of  Lex., 
the  farm  and  buildings  originally  belonging  to  Nathan  Merriam,  dec'd.  The  estate 
consisted,  substantially,  of  the  present  homestead  of  Daniel  Harrington  and  his  s., 
James,  in  the  south  part  of  the  town.  The  house  then  standing  on  the  premises  was 
located  some  twelve  or  fifteen  rods  N.  E.  of  the  now  existing  one,  in  the  open  field, 
all  marks  of  which  were  long  since  obliterated.  He  m.  Sarah  Whittemore  of  Lex- 
ington, by  whom  he  had  5  ch.  The  inventory  of  his  estate  was  returned  to  probate 
court  at  Worcester  by  wife,  Sarah,  who  was  administratrix,  Feb.  2,  1779.  He  d.  Sept. 
8, 1778;  res.  Westminster,  Mass. 

869.  i.  Joel.  b.  Sept.  13,  1765;  m.  Lucy  Holden  and  Mrs.  Abigail  (Holden) 


870.  ii.         Jonas,  b.  Nov.  10,  1761;  m.  Elizabeth  Raymond. 

871.  iii.        RuHAMAH,  b.  Apr.  11,  1763;  m.  Dec.  26,  1786,  Ebenezer  Ross,  of 

Sterling.  He  was  b.  Nov.  9,  1756;  d.  Mar.  5,  1833.  She  d.  Oct. 
9,  1840.  Ch.:  Ebenezer,  b.  Sterling,  Nov.  9, 1787;  d.  Mar.  12,  1868; 
Sarah,  b.  June  23, 1789;  d.  Mar.  18,  1865;  Nabby,  b.  July  1,  1793; 
Mason,  b.  Sept.  25,  1797;  d.  Sept.  27,  1845;  m.  Mary  Richardson 
Jan.  7,  1821;  Kezia,  b.  Nov.  20,  1799;  d.  Feb.  26,  1859;  m. 
Ephraim  Nelson  Jan.27,1842;  Elvira,  b.  Feb.  23,1802;  d.  July  11, 
1833;  Lucy,  b.  Jan.  18,  1807;  d.  June,  1883;  m.  James  H.  Bennett 
Nov.  16,  1836.  Descendants:  Mrs.  Laura  E.  Miller,  Gardner, 
Mass.;  James  M.  Bass,  Irving,  Mass.;  Mrs.  Ira  Nichols,  W. 
Sterling,  Mass. 
■    872.     iv.        Benjamin,  b.  Apr.  28,  1770;  m.  Nancy  Fuller. 

873.  v.         Joseph,  b.  Apr.  27,  1768;  d.  Sept.  13,  1778. 

821.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  12, 1723;  ni. 
Deliverence ;  res.  Watertown,  Mass.,  and  Dummerston.Vt. 

874.  1.  Henry,  b.  Jan.  8.  1745. 

875.  ii.         Lydia,  b.  Sept.  1,  1749. 

876.  iii.       Benjamin,  b.  Feb.  2,  1751. 

877.  iv'.       Deliverance,  b.  Nov.  20, 1757. 

878.  v.         Esther,  b. ;  m.  Apr.  21,  1799,  Washington  Burnham.     He 

was  accidentally  drowned.     She  m.  again  and  moved  away  from 

879.  vi.       Sally,  b. ;  m.  William  Kelley  and  William  Crosby  of  D. 

880.  vii.       Polly,  b. ;  m.  Elijah  W.  Stearnes  and  Nathan  Adams  of  D. 

322.     Simon  Whitney  ;Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Mar.  20,  1727;  m.  May 
































26,  1757,  Mary  Ruggles,  d.  Mar.  12, 1773;  m.  2d.  Mary  Seaver;  3d, Sarah . 

He  d.  Oct.  16,  1797;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Nathaniel  R.,  b.  Mar.  19,  1759;  m.  Abigail  Frothingham. 

Dorothy,  b.  July  22,  1760;  d.  1761. 

Mary,  b.  Jan.  10,  1762;  d.  1765. 

Grace,  b.  July,  1763;  d.  Sept.  1763. 

Lucy,  bap.  Oct.  25,  1767;  d.  prob.  bef.  1797;  not  mentioned  in  will. 

Anna,  bap.  July  23,  1769;  prob.  d.  bef.  1797;  not  mentioned  in  will. 

Sarah,  b.  Jan.  25,  1773;  m.  Aug.  29,  1792,  Phinehas  Jennison.  He 
was  bap.  June  14,  1770;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 

Simon,  b.  Apr.  12,  1778. 

Richard,  b.  Jan.  12,  1782;  m.  Mary  Elizabeth  Parker. 

Mary,  b. ,     Mentioned  in  father's  will. 

326.  Daniel  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  7,  1735;  m. 
Mary  Harrington.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  the  company  of  Capt. 
Wyman  of  Westford;  res.  Waltham,  Mass. 

Mary  Kimball,  b.  Apr.  2.  1775. 

Katherine,  b.  Feb.  21,  1777;  m.(Feb.  17, 1803,  Francis  S.  Hooker 

of  Rutland).? 
Daniel,  b.  Nov.  8,  1778. 

Charles,  b.  Nov.  16,  1780;  m.  Sybil  Chenery. 
Israel,  b.  Aug.  14,  1782. 
Dorothy,  b.  Aug.  4,  1784;  m.  May  9,  1805,  Nathaniel  Bright,  b. 

Mar.  4,  1777.     She  d.  Mar.  25,  1818;  Nathaniel,  b.  Mar.  13,  1806; 

d.  Julv   17,1828;  Samuel,  b.  Jan.  7,  1808;  m.  Elizabeth   Bright; 

William,  b.  Dec.  29,  1810;  d.  Dec.  7,  1840.     Jonathan   Brown,  b. 

Feb.  21,  1816;  m.  Maria  G.  Harding;  res.  Cambridgeport,  Mass. 

898.  vii.       Grace,  b.  Jan.  6,  1789. 

899.  viii.      Elisha,  b.  July  21,  1792. 

327.  Capt.  Joshua  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b,  Apr.  3,  1737; 
m.  Jan.  26,  1759,  Mary  Clarke,  of  Newton;  b.  Apr.  14,"  1741 :  d.  July  4,  1796;  m.  2d 
Mar.  13,  1797,  Abigail  Wood,  of  Rutland;  b.  1744;  d.  Oct.  5,  18:-;8. 

He  lived  on  what  is  now  Millbury  street,  opposite  the  head  of  the  present  Cam- 
bridge street,  was  captain  of  the  training  band,  was  a  farmer,  and  while  plowing  in 
the  held  with  his  team  was  called  into  service.  Unhitching  his  team  he  started  for 
Boston  with  others.  His  son,  William  Clarke,  who  was  then  eleven  years  of  age, 
went  with  the  men  to  take  back  the  team.  He  said  the  lady  of  the  house  where  they 
stopped  in  Boston  asked  his  father  if  he  would  have  some  tea  his  answer  was  "  No." 
She  said,  "  then  I  will  give  your  little  boy  some."  So  he  got  some.  Capt.  Joshua  was 
active  in  drilling  and  furnishing  men  for  the  Revolutionary  war.  He  was  an  original 
member  of  the  American  Political  society,  was  one  of  the  committee  appointed  by 
the  town  May  16,  1774,  to  report  instructions  to  be  observed  by  Mr.  Joshua  Bigelow, 
the  representative  to  the  General  Court.  In  1778  he  was  captain  of  the  Worcester 
Military  company.  Joshua  Whitney  resided  in  Worcester,  Mass.,  and  sold  land  in 
Paris,  Me.,  to  his  two  sons,  Daniel  and  Wm.  Clarke,  in  1785-88  In  seating  the  meet- 
ing house  in  1763,  Capt.  Joshua  Whitney  was  given  pew  number  12.  Capt.  Joshua 
Whitney's  will,  of  Worcester,  mentions  wife  Abigail;  daughter,  Lucy  Chapin,  wife  of 
Thaddeus  Chapin;  gives  to  Mary  Whitney,  wife  of  Samuel  Whitney;  sons,  Daniel 
and  Clarke;  daughter,  Dorothy  Adams;  gives  to  Calvin,  son  of  daughter  Dorothy; 
daughter  Grace  Ranks,  wife  of  John  Ranks;  gives  to  Lyd'a  Elder,  wife  of  John 
Elder;  gives  to  sons  Joshua  and  Israel.  Exec.  Israel  Whitney.  He  d.  May  7,  1809; 
res.  Worcester,  Mass. 

900.  i.  Lucy,  b.  June  2, 1759;  m.  June  24,  1780,  Thaddeus  Chapin;  b.  Apr. 

10,  1756,  in  Uxbridge,  Mass.,  son  of  Benjamin,  who  moved  to 
Worcester  in  1760.  He  lived  near  the  edge  of  Auburn  on  the 
west  side  of  Pakachoag  Hill,  which  was  later  a  part  of  Ward. 
Ch.:  Dr.  Benjamin,  b.  May  20,  1781;  m.  Comfort  Bancroft  and 
Miss  Patch,  2  Ch.:  Benjamin  and  Clark;  Luther,  b.  Oct.  5,1783, 
had  a  son  Luther,  of  Ware,  father  of  Ca]it.  Charles  S.,of  Wor. 
Jemima,  b.  July  12,  1785;  m.  Wm.  Coes;  Catherine,  b.  Mar.  17, 
1787;  m.  in  Conn;  Dorothy,  b  Nov.  4,  1789;  m.  Wm.  Trow- 
bridge, of  Sheboygan,  Wis.;  Dea.  Lewis,  b.  May  27,  1792;  m. 
Achsah  Trowbridge,  and  d.  Nov.  25,  1874;  Leonard,  b.  July  19, 




























Mary,  b.  June  19, 1761;  m.  June  24,  1778,  Samuel  Whitney. 

Daniel,  b.  July  3,  1763;  m. . 

Wm.  Clarke,  b.  Oct.  19,  1765;  m.  Sophia   Fuller   and   Dorothy 

Dorothy,  b.  June  19,  1770;  m.  May,  1797,  Joseph  Adams.     Ch.: 

Calvin,  b. . 

Grace,  b.  Mar.  6,  1776;  m.  Mar.  8,  1797,  John  Ranks. 
Lydia,  b.  June  26,  1768;  m.  Feb.  15,  1792,  John  Elder,  Jr. 
JosHL'A,  b.  June  17,  1773. 
Israel,  b.  Apr.  6,  1781;  m.  Lucy  Mahan. 

^328.  Henry  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Dec.  3,  1738;  m.  Jan. 
-5,  1769,  Hannah  Tombs,  of  Newton.  He  was  in  one  of  the  Watertown  companies  in 
the  Revolutionary  war.     He  died  bef.  1790,  about  1788;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Benjamin,  b.  Mar.  10,  1770;  non  compos  mentis. 

Lydia,  b.  Dec.  28,  1770;  d.  in  1776. 

Anna,  b.  Dec.  27,  1774;  d.  in  1776. 

Hannah,  b.  in  1775;  d.  Dec.  24,  1776. 

Elizabeth,  b. ;  res.  Dummerton,  Vt. 

Henry,  b. ;  m.  Fanny  Miller. 

329.  Israel  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown,  Mass., 
Aug.  6,  1741;  m.  there  Sept.,  1765,  Jemima  Robbing;  b.  ^iar.  31,  1747.  After  Israel's 
death,  she  m.  2d,  Nathaniel  Kingsbury.  In  1791  in  the  Suffolk  County  Court  Kings- 
bury was  appointed  guardian  of  Israel  and  Dorothy.  He  d.  in  1774;  res.  Watertown, 

Anna,  b.  1767;  d.  1767. 

Jemima,  b.  July  23,  1768;  m.  David  Fairbanks;  res.  Dedham,  Mass. 

Mary,  b.  Feb.  22,  1770. 

Dorothy, b.  Nov.  10,  1771. 

Israel,  b.  Mar.  7,  1774;  d.  Sept.,  1775. 

Israel,  b.  Mar.  10,  1775;  m.  Mary  Fuller. 

332.  Dr.  Elisha  Whitney  (Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Feb.  27,  1747; 
m.  at  Ipswich,  1777,   Eunice  Farley,  b.  1757;  d.   May  1,  1809. 

Dr.  Elisha  Whitney  married  Eunice,  dau.  of  Gen.  Michael  and  Elizabeth 
(Choate)  Farley,  of  Ipswich.  He  was  graduated  at  Harvard  college  in  1766  and  went 
first  to  Hamilton,  then  a  part  of  Ipswich,  in  1772.  Beverlv  was  largely  engaged  in 
privateering  and  among  its  successful  commanders  were  Capt.  Giles  and  Capt.  Hugh 
Hill  with  whom  Dr.  Whitney  sailed  several  times,  as  surgeon.  On  one  occasion 
Capt.  Giles  was  so  severely  wounded  that  amputation  of  one  leg  became  necessary. 
Dr.  Whitney  jierformed  the  operation  in  so  satisfactory  a  manner  that  the  captain 
presented  him  with  a  chaise  found  on  board,  the  prize  which  had  been  manufactured 
for  the  governor  of  Barbadoes.  On  a  later  cruise  they  fell  in  with  a  British  vessel  of 
superior  force,  and  after  short  but  sharp  engagement  they  were  compelled  to  sur- 
render and  were  carried  into  Halifax.  "Michael  Farley  petitions  the  Council  of 
Massachusetts,  Dec.  20,  1777,  that  Dr.  Whitney,  now  a  prisoner  at  Halifax,  may  be 
exchanged  for  Dr.  McCullough,a  British  prisoner,  billeted  at  Ipswich."  (Felt's  His- 
tory of  Ipswich.)  Dr.  Whitney  also  volunteered  as  surgeon  in  Col.  Wade's  regi- 
ment, raised  in  1784  to  suppress  Shay's  rebellion.  Dr.  Whitney  removed  to  Beverly 
in  1793,  where  "his  cheerfulness,  benevolence  and  professional  skill  gave  him  a 
deserved  popularity,  and  at  his  death  he  was  universally  lamented."  He  died  at 
Beverly  Feb.  22,  1807.  Mrs.  Eunice  Whitney  was  buried  at  Beverly.  It  is  said  that 
Dr.  Whitney  was  among  those  interested  in  introducing  inoculation  for  smallpox, 
and  one  and  perhaps  more  of  his  younger  children  died  from  the  consequences  of 
their  inoculation,  but  there  seems  to  be  no  authority  for  this  story.  He  d.  Feb.  22, 
1807;  res.  Beverly,  Mass. 

921.     viii.      Israel,  b.  Nov.  4,  1797;  m.  Mary  H.  Flagg. 

Elisha,  b.  in  1778;  d.  young. 

Michael,  b. ;  d.  young. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Dec.  25,  1782;  m.  Josiah  Page.    Ch.:  Marianne,  b. 
1809;  d.  unm.  1873.     She  d.  1878. 

Susan,  b. ;  m.  Benjamin  Lovett.    She  d.  s.  p.  1870. 

Michael,  b. ;  m.  Nancy  Leech  and  Elizabeth  Leech. 

Dorothy,  b. ;  m.  Josiah  Lovett.    Ch.:  Horace,  d.  young. 

She  d.  1830. 
























928.  vii.       Lucv.b. ;  m.  Nathaniel  Lamson.     Ch.:  Chas.  W.,  Israel  W., 

Nathaniel,  d.  ae.  18. 

929.  ix.        Marianne,  b. ;  d.  young. 

930.  X.         Israel,  b. ;  d.  young. 

931.  xi.        Elisha,  b. ;  m.  Clara  Lovett  and  d.  s.  p. 

334.  Salmon  Whitney  (Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Jan.  8,  1712;  m.  June 
4,  1734,  Sarah .     He  d.  Mar.  16,  1759;  res.  Groton  and  Littleton,  Mass. 

932.  i.  Lois,  b.  1744;  m.  Oct.  3,  1764,  Col.  Joseph  Bellows.     He  was  born 

June  6,  1744;  died  May  3,  1817.  Col.  Bellows  was  a  farmer  in 
Lunenburg  until  1786,  when  he  moved  to  Walpole.  The  promi- 
nent traits  of  his  character  were  refined  and  elevated  feelings; 
a  deep  religious  sentiment;  generosity  in  excess,  and  a  warm 
sympathy  with  the  distressed.  These  dispositions,  united  with 
extreme  nervous  sensibility,  so  involved  him  with  any  one  that 
asked  his  assistance,  that  he  suffered  some  pecuniary  loss, 
which  led  to  anxiety  about  the  support  of  his  family,  and 
induced  a  mental  derangement  that  continued  during  the  last 
thirty  years  of  his  life.  Ch.:  Salmon,  b.  and  d.  1765;  Salmon, 
b.  Sept.  9,  1766;  m.  Lydia  Cox;  res.  Ashtabula,  O.;  John,  b.  Jan. 
12,  1768;  m.  Betsey  Eames  and  Anne  Langdon;  res.. Boston  and 
Walpole.  John,  the  third  son,  was  the  father  of  Rev.  Henry 
Whitnev  Bellows,  who  was  born  in  Boston,  June  11,  1814,  and 
died  in 'New  York,  Jan.  30,  1882.  He  was  pastor  of  All  Soul's 
church  in  the  latter  city  for  over  forty  years.  Was  chosen 
president  of  the  U.  S.  Sanitary  Commission  of  1861,  and  directed 
the  distribution  of  §15,000,000  in  supplies,  and  85,000,000  in 
money;  Benjamin,  b.  Apr.  7,  1769;  m.  Lucy  Cox;  res.  Ascott, 
Canada;  Joseph,  b.  1770;  m.  Deborah  Wright  and  Mary  Adams; 
res.  Walpole;  Oliver,  b.  and  d.  1771;  Levi,  b.  Oct.  23,  1772; 
res.  Rockingham,  Vt.;  Olive,  b.  and  d.  1774;  Abel,  b.  Jan. 
27,  1776;  m.  Harriett  Houghton;  res.  Montreal  and  Walpole; 
Thomas,  b.  Mar.  15,  1779;  m.  Sarah  Dana,  of  Barre,  Mass.;  res. 
Walpole;  Susan,  b.  Aug.  18,  1780;  m.  Major  Jonas  Robeson;  res. 
Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.;  Sarah,  b.  May  18,  1782;  m.  Calvin  Ripley; 
res.  Lowell;  Louisa,  b.  May  9,  1785;  m.  Jacob  N.  Knapp,  of 
Walpole,  who  gr.  Harv.  Coll.  1802;  Polly,  b.  and  d.  1786. 

933.  ii.         Susanna,  b.  1749;  m.  Dec.  6,  1768,  Edmund  Stone,  of  Templeton, 


335.  Rev.  Aaron  Whitney  (Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  in  Littleton, 
Mass.,  Mar.  14,  1714;  m.  July  12,  1739,  Alice  Baker  of  Phillipston;  b.  1718;  d.  Aug.  26, 
1767;  m.  2d  Nov.  6,  1768,  Mrs.  Ruth  (Hubbard)  Stearns;  b.  1716;  d.  Nov.  1,  1788,  dau. 
of  Jonathan  Hubbard,  of  Lunenburg,  and  wid.  of  Rev.  David  Stearns.  Sept.  6,  1738, 
the  town  of  Petersham,  Mass.,  voted  to  "settle  an  orthodox  minister  in  this  place." 
Mr.  Aaron  Whitney  was  chosen  as  the  minister,  and  received  as  a  settlement  a 
proprietor's  lot  with  ^200  in  money,  and  an  annual  salary  of  £lbO.  The  church  was 
gathered  in  Oct.  1738,  and  consisted  of  fifteen  male  members.  Mr.  Whitney  was 
ordained  in  December  of  that  year,  and  preached  acceptably  to  his  people  until, 
when  the  storm  of  the  approaching  revolution  was  gathering,  he  espoused  the  royal 
•cause,  and  in  his  sermons  and  prayers  inculcated  submission  to  King  George  III.  As 
he  persisted  in  this  course,  at  length  the  popular  indignation  rose  to  such  a  pitch 
that  the  church  was  rent  with  dissentions,  and  public  worship  was  neglected.  In 
1774  he  was  dismissed  from  the  parish,  but  refused  to  accept  his  papers,  and  by  vote 
of  the  town,  Peter  Gore,  a  half-breed  Indian,  was  stationed  at  the  meeting-house  door 
-with  a  musket  to  keep  the  Tory  preacher  from  entering.  He  afterward  preached  at 
bis  own  house  regularly  to  those  who  sympathized  with  the  royal  cause,  and  claimed 
to  be  the  minister  of  the  town  up  to  the  time  of  Lis  death,  which  occurred  in  1779,  in 
the  sixty-sixth  year  of  his  age.  From  the  first  Rev.  Whitney  was  an  uncompromis- 
ing Tory.  At  a  town  meeting  held  Dec.  13,  1774,  it  was  voted  that  the  town  will  not 
bargain  with  or  employ  the  Rev.  Mr.  Whitney  to  preach  for  them  any  longer.  On 
the  24th  of  May  of  the  following  year  (1775)  the  town  voted  unanimously  "that  it  will 
not  hire  the  Rev.  Mr.  Whitney  to  preach  any  longer,  and  that  he  be  dismissed  from 
any  further  services  as  a  minister  of  the  gospel  in  this  town."  As  the  pastor  was  as 
determined  to  preach  as  the  town  was  opposed  to  his  efforts  in  that  direction,  they 
chose  a  committee  of  ten  to  see  that  the  public  worship  on  the  next  Lord's  day,  and 












all  future  worship,  be  not  disturbed  by  any  person  or  persons  going  into  the  desk 
but  such  as  shall  be  authorized  and  endorsed  by  the  town  committee.  Aaron's  will 
is  dated  July  15,  1779;  mentions  wife,  Ruth,  and  children,  Charles,  Aaron,  Alice 
Mann,  Lucy  Kendall,  Peter,  Paul,  and  Abel.  The  estate  was  settled  by  agreement 
of  the  heirs  Nov.  12,  1779.     He  d.  Sept.  8,  1779;  res.  Petersham,  Mass. 

934.     i.         Abel,  b.  Littleton,  Mass.,  July  7,  1740;  d.  Mar.  15,  1756,  while  at 

Cambridge  attending  Harvard  University.     He  was  buried  in 

Cambridge.     His  epitaph  is  as  follows: 

Hie  spultus  est  Abel 

Reverendi  Aaionis 

Whitney  Petershamensis 

Filius,  et  Collegii 
Harvardini  Alumnus;  qui 
Anno  JEias,  16  mo  occubuit 
Martii  15  mo,  A.  D.  1756. 
Peter,  b.  Sept.  6,  1744;  m.  Julia  Lambert. 
Paul,  b.  Mar.  23,  1753;  m.  Charlotte  Clapp. 
Abel,  b.  Mar.  15,  1756;  m.  Clarissa  Dwight. 
Richard,  b.  Feb.  23,  1757;  prob.  d.  bef.  1779;  not.  men.  in  will. 
Aaron,  b.  Sept.  5,  1746;  m.  Hannah  Stearnes  and  Hannah  Will- 

940.  vii.      Alice,  b.  Sept.  23,  1748;  m.  Aug.  19,  1773,  Ensign  Mann  of  Peter- 

sham. Ensign  Man  was  a  graduate  of  Harvard  and  went  to 
Petersham  in  1767  to  teach  school,  having  previously  taught  in 
Lancaster.  He  was  a  prominent  Whig  and  warmly  espoused 
the  cause  of  liberty.  He  was  b.  July  15,  1740,  and  d.  Dec.  21, 
1829;  she  d.  Sept.  20,  1806;  res.  Petersham,  Mass.  Ch.:  Alice. 
b.  Apr  10,  1775;  m.  Thomas  Lincoln,  and  d.  July  20,  1805;  Lucy, 
b.  May  9,  1777;  d.  unm.  Feb.  14,  1859;  Ensign,  b.  July  14,  1778; 
m.  Lydia  Filmore,  and  d.  1810;  Thomas,  b.  May  6,  1780;  m. 
Esther  Stone,  and  d.  1853;  Julianna,  b.  Mar.  2,  1783;  d.  unm. 
Mar.  22,  1813;  Wm.,  b.  Sept.  2,  1784;  d.  unm.  1861;  Samuel,  b. 
Mar.  21,  1787;  m.  Sarah  Luce,  and  d.  in  1856;  Priscilla,  b.  June 
4,  1790;  m.  Holland  Goodnow,  and  d.  July  29,  1836;  a  son  is 
A.  W.;  res.  Wellesley,  Mass.;  Hannah,  b.  July  30,  1792;  m.  John 
Briggs,  and  d.  Oct.  3,  1865. 

941.  viii.     Lucy,  b.  Apr.  9,  1751;  m.  Rev.  Dr.  Samuel  Kendall  of  New  Salem, 

Settled  in  Weston,  Mass. 

942.  ix.       Charles,  b.  May  14,  1742;  res.  Phillipston,  Mass.,  but  d.  in  Vt. 

338.  Ephraim  Whitney  (Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Lunenburg,  Mass., 
Mar.  1,  1723;  m.  Jan.  16,  1745,  Jane  Bancroft.  They  were  dismissed  to  the  church  in 
Chesterfield,  N.  H.,  in  1781.  He  d.  in  Chesterfield;  res.  Petersham,  Mass.,  and 
Chesterfild,  N.  H. 

943.  i.         Moses,  b.  Jan.  11,  1747.    Moses  Whitney  was  the  first  of  the  name 

in  Rindge,  and  for  some  time  prior  to  the  Revolutionary  war 
was   a   merchant.     He   moved  from  New  Salem  in  Jan.,  1772. 

His   wife's   name   was   Sarah ,   and   his   children   were 

Moses,  Ephraim,  and  Salmon. 

944.  ii.        Ephraim,  b.  Aug.  12,  1749. 

945.  iii.       Molly,  b.  Sept.  25,  1755. 

345.  Abraham  Whitney  (Abraham,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  July  31, 
1724;  m.  Dec.  19,  1745,  Marcy  Perry,  b.  Oct.  8,  1726,  in  Sudbury;  d.  Dec.  28,  1828, 
age  102  years  2  months  and  28  days.     He  d.  Apr.  3,  1818;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

Jacob,  b.  July  7,  1754;  m.  Esther  Walcott. 

Lucy,  b.  Sept.  29,  1746;  m. Whitcomb. 

Isaac,  b.  Feb.  1,  1749;  m.  Lucy  Mead. 

Abraham,  b.  Jan.  7,  1752;  m.  Mehitable  Ware,  Sarah  Whitman, 
Catherine  Wood,  and  Mrs.  Sarah  Conant  Jewell. 

Levi,  b.*  Nov.  80,  1769;  d.  Nov.  2,  1770. 

Ruth,  b.  Feb.  16,  1762;  m.  Dec.  1,  1781,  Icbabod  Stow. 

MoLLY,b.  Dec.  15, 1764;  m.  Aug.  26, 1784,  Nathan  Brooks,  of  Stow. 

Levi,  b.  June  6, 1767. 

Mary,  b.  Feb.  o,  1770. 




































955.  X.         Rhoda,  b.  Nov.  15,  1771. 

956.  xi.        Marcy,  b.  Apr.  2,  1751;  m. Forbush. 

350.  ToNAS  Whitney  (Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  July  2, 1727; 
m.  Sept.  l;i  1750,  Zebudah  Davis,  b.  H.  Apr.  11,  1728;  d.  1806.  He  was  elected  one 
of  the  selectmen  in  1751.  In  seating  the  meeting  house  in  1775  he  was  given  the 
third  seat.  His  will  was  probated  Dec.  6,  1791.  Her  will  was  probated  Nov.  3, 1806. 
He  d.  Dec.  23,  1791;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

Merriam,  b.  Aug.  8,  1752;  d.  Apr.  30,  1773. 

Ephraim,  b.  Apr.  2,  1754. 

Jonas,  b.  Mar.  3,  1756;  m.  Relief  Holt. 

LVDIA,  b.  Oct.  17,  1757;  d.  May  1,  1759. 

Salmon,  b.  Feb.  16,  1760;  m.  Hepsabeth  Raymond. 

Joel,  b.  Oct.  15,  1762;  m.  Lydia  Willard. 

Israel,  b.  Jan.  16,  1767;  m.  Susannah  Gerry. 

Peter,  b.  Aug.  17,  1772;  went  to  Me. 

Levi,  b.  June  28,  1751;  m.  Sarah  Laurence  and  Hepsibeth  Fay. 

Lucy,  b. . 

851.     Dr.  Ephraim  Whitney  (Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass., 

Sept.  19,  1728;  m.  in  Petersham,  Mass..  Jan.  11,1759,  Marcy  Winslow,  b. ;  d. -. 

Doctor  Whitney  was  born  in  Stow,  Mass.,  but  resided  in  Petersham  at  the  time  of  his 
marriage.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  a  Tory  and  on  that  account  was 
obliged  to  flee  to  the  provinces.  His  property  was  confiscated  by  the  Massachusetts 
authorities  and  to  partially  recompense  his  loss  the  Crown  granted  him  a  township  in 
Canada  called  Charlotte.  His  descendants  have  a  claim  there  yet,  but  have  not  done 
anything  in  relation  to  it,  as  it  would  cost  more  to  substantiate  it  than  the  property  is 
worth.  He  died  in  1801,  aged  72.  He  was  an  eccentric  man;  woie  his  beard  the 
latter  part  of  his  life,  and  left  directions  that  he  should  be  buried  with  it  unshaven. 
He  d.  July  26,  1801;  res.  Petersham,  Mass. 

961'.     i.  Lemuel,  b.  Oct.  18,  1764;  m.  Lydia  Bjvant. 

968.  iii.  Richard,  b.  Feb.  28,  1767;  d.  Sept.  9,  1815.  Hon.  Richard  Whit- 
ney was  the  third  son  of  Dr.  Ephraim  and  was  born  in  Peters- 
ham; he  fitted  for  college  and  entering  Harvard  was  graduated 
in  1787  in  the  same  class  with  John  Quincy  Adams.  He  was  a 
man  of  superior  talents,  and  uncommon  aptitude  for  teaching. 
He  studied  law,  and  entered  his  profession  in  Brattleboro,  Vt., 
with  fair  prospects  of  a  brilliant  career,  but  he  fell  a  lamented 
victim  of  a  well  known  destroyer.  In  1806  he  was  elected 
Secretary  of  State  of  Vermont.  He  died  while  undergoing  treat- 
ment for  insanity  at  Hinsdale,  N.  H.,  and  is  buried  there.  His 
gravestone  reads  as  follows:  "Here  lies  the  mortal  remains  of 
Richard  Whitney,  Counsellor  at  Law,  Brattleboro,  Vermont, 
who  departed  this  life  Sept.  9,  1815;  ae.  39  years.  Those  who 
knew  him  not,  may  learn  from  this  monumental  stone  that  his 
virtues  have  rendered  his  memory  precious  to  his  bereaved 
friends.  The  sight  of  it  will  excite  a  tender  recollection  of  his 
worth  in  the  bosom  of  those  who  knew  him,  and  a  tear  of  sincere 
regret  at  his  early  and  untimely  departure.  Let  us  humbly  hope 
he  has  gone  where  his  virtues  will  be  justly  appreciated." 

Samuel  Winslow,  b.  Dec.  17,  1769;  m. '- , 

John,  b.  July  1,  1760;  m.  Hannah  Bigelow. 
Susanna,  b.  Aug.  25, 1762. 
Ephraim,  b.  Sept.  9.  1776. 
RUFUS,  b.  July  26,  1781. 
Harriott,  b.  Jan.  1,  1784. 

35«L    Squire  Timothy  Whitney  (Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Feb.  1,  1729;  m.  May  20,  1752,  Alice  Whitney,  of  Harvard.     They  were  m.  in   Har- 
vard, he  of  Lancaster,  she  of  Harvard.     She  was  b.  Apr.  13,  1733  (see);  d.  in   June, 
1803.     He  d.  June  23,  1803,  in  H.;  res.  Harvard  and  Petersham,  Mass. 
"  ^  Oliver,  b.  Mar.  10,  1754;  d.  Dec.  18,  1772. 

Abel,  b.  Sept.  19, 1752;  m. , 

Simon,  b.  June  28, 1756;  m.  Lucy  Hammond. 

Relief,  b.  Feb.  2,  1758;  m.  Abel  Wilder.     He    was  b.  Feb.  10, 
1758;  d.  Feb.,  1831;  a  farmer,  then  a  merchant.     He  was  in  the 






















Rev.  war  and  was  at  Saratoga  when  Gen.  Burgoyne  was  cap- 
tured in  1777.     Ch.:     Lucy  Wilder,  b.  Oct.  8,  1778;  m.  Benjamin 

Randall;  Alice,  b.  June  15,  1780;  m. McClellan;  Simon, 

b.  May  7,  1782;  d.  abt.  1807,  unm.;  Abel,  b.  Sept.  1,  1783;  m. 
Asenath  Smith,  of  Barre,  Jan.  19,  1808;  d.  1869;  Sally,  b.  Sept.l, 
1784;  m.  Uriel  Smith  (my  uncle),  Dec. 25,  1803;  d.  at  Euclid,  O., 
abt.  1845:  Nathaniel,  b.  Nov.  11,  1785;  m.  Mrs.  Mann;  d.  abt. 
1850;  Abigail,  b.  June  21,  1787;  d.  abt.  1800,  unm.;  Paul,  b.  June 

28,  1789;  m.  Katharine ;  d.  abt.  1855;  Lydia,  b.  Aug.  2, 

1791;  m.  Ephraim  Howe;  d.  early;  Relief,  b.  Oct.  2,  1792;  m. 
Ephraim   Howe,  d.   1843;    Silas  Whitney  Wilder,  b.  May  21, 

1795;  m. — — ,  also  Lucy  Johnson;  d. ;  Barnabas, 

b.  Oct.  22,  1796;  d.  1816,  unm.;  Polly,  b.  Jan.  30,  1799;  m.  Phin- 
eas  Wheelock,  of  Barre,  abt.  1820;  d.  Feb.  7,  1885;  one  son, 
Austin  G.  Wheelock,  res.  at  Barre,  and  for  some  years  was  post- 
master; he  resides  with  his  sister;  Joel,  b.  June  27,  1802;  m. 
Clarinda  Cheney;  d.  Feb.  12, 1872.  Abel  Wilder  (Jr.)  was  born 
at  Petersham,  Mass.,  Sept.  1,  1783.  He  grew  up  on  his  father's 
farm,  a  little  away  from  "the  common."  He  was  duly  baptized 
under  the  "Half-way  Covenant."  He  married  Asenath  Smith 
Jan.  19,  1808.  They  first  made  their  home  at  St.  Albans,  Vt., 
where  his  brother  Paul  and  brother-in-law,  Uriel  Smith,  also  had 
emigrated.  It  was  a  "  new  country."  There  three  children 
were  born.  The  war  of  1812  ruined  markets  in  Vermont,  and 
so  he  left  in  1813  and  came  to  Verona,  Oneida  county,  N.  Y., 
where  his  wife's  father  was  living  with  a  second  wife,  three  sons, 
and  two  daughters.  Here  he  made  his  home  till  1853,  on  a 
farm  of  ninety  acres.  The  family  increased  to  ten.  All  are  dead 
but  Alexander  and  Judge  Barnabas  H.  Wilder,  of  Laddonia, 
Mo.  They  were  all  reared  in  the  Congregational  church.  He 
was  first  a  Federalist,  then  a  "National  Republican,"  Anti-ma- 
son, Whig,  and  Republican.  He  was  chiefly  characterized  by 
promptitude  in  business,  over-cautiousness  in  financial  adven- 
ture, great  aptitude  for  traffic.  But  Wilders,  though  good 
assistants,  seldom  aspire  to  lead.  In  1853  he  removed  to  Ches- 
ter, Geauga  Co.,  O.,  and  made  his  home  with  his  oldest  son  till 
his  death.  Abel's  son  Alexander  was  an  apt  scholar;  at  14  he 
was  master  of  all  the  common-school  branches,  and  began 
Latin,  rhetoric,  natural  philosophy,  botany,  and  chemistry. 
Next  year  he  taught,  and  went  to  school  no  more.  Since  that 
he  has  been  his  own  teacher  as  well  as  pupil.  He  worked  at 
farming,  principally,  till  1850,  when  he  became  a  teacher  of 
medicine  and  practicing  physician.  In  1852  he  became  associ- 
ate editor  of  the  Syracuse  Sta?-  with  Mr.  S.  Corning  Judd,  and 
two  years  later  he  served  in  the  same  capacity  with  Hon. 
Andrew  Shuman.  His  political  career  perhaps  now  began.  In 
1854  he  became  a  clerk  in  the  State  Department  of  Public 
Instruction,  and  at  the  request  of  the  superintendent,  Mr.  Victor 
M.  Rice,  editor  of  the  NewYorkZ^a^^/',  he  spent  six  weeks  in  1857 
at  Springfield,  111.,  where  he  drafted  the  bill  to  establish  the  Nor- 
mal University.  Gen.  Hovey  tells  me  that  it  never  requested 
an  amendment.  John  A.  Logan  and  Norman  B.  Judd  were  its 
champions.  Returning  east,  he  became  a  member  of  the 
staff  of  the  Evening  Post  in  1858,  and  continued  there  till  1871. 
He  was  its  legislative  correspondent,  and  procured  the  passage 
of  three  laws  incorporating  the  Eclectic  Medical  College, 
State  Medical  Society,  and  the  National  E.  M.  Association. 
He  was  the  person  who  was  permitted  to  copy  Mr.  Lincoln's 
letter  in  1863  to  the  Illinois  Young  Men's  Convention,  under  a 
solemn  pledge  that  it  should  not  be  printed  prematurely,  and 
Mr.  Charles  Nordhoff,  then  editor,  violated  the  promise.  In 
1871  he  was  elected  alderman  of  New  York  on  the  anti-Tweed 
ticket,  receiving  the  largest  vote  ever  given  a  Republican,  and 
going  out  of  office  poor.  Weary  of  politics  and  admonished 
by  two  attacks  of  pneumonia,  he  made  his  home  in  Newark. 








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There  he  led  the  life  of  a  student.  In  1873  he  reluctantly  con- 
sented to  lecture  in  the  Eclectic  Medical  College  of  New  York, 
but  relinquished  it,  disgusted,  in  1877,  only,  however,  to  take  a 
chair  in  the  United  States  Medical  College  a  year  later.  This 
institution  was  closed  by  a  curious  decision  of  the  Court  of 
Appeals,  that  a  medical  college  was  not  a  scientific  but  an 
eleemosynary  institution.  His  tastes  and  aptitudes,  however, 
are  philosophic  rather  than  medical.  In  1873  he  helped  organ- 
ize the  "American  Akademe"  at  Jacksonville,  111.,  and  edited 
the  first  four  volumes  of  its  Journal.  Besides  this,  in  1874  he 
edited  the  treatises  by  H.  M.  Westropp  and  C.  Stainland  Wake 
on  Phallicism;  of  Thomas  Taylor  on  Eleusinian  and  Bacchic 
Mysteries;  of  Hyde  Clark  on  Serpent  and  Siva  Worship,  and 
R.  Payne  Knight  on  Symbolical  Language  of  Ancient  Art  and 
Mythology.  He  has  also  in  preparation  a  History  of  Medicine, 
a  Treatise  on  Ancient  Symbolism  and  Serpent  Worship,  and  a 
translation  of  lamblichos  on  Mysteries  of  the  Egyptians.  He 
has  printed  the  following  pamphlets:  Intermarriage  of  Kin- 
dred; Ganglionic  Nervous  Systems;  Mind,  Thought,  Cerebra- 
tion; Philosophy  and  Ethics  of  the  Zoroasters;  Later  Platon- 
ists;  Paul  and  Plato;  The  Soul;  Life  Eternal;  The  Resurrec- 

Peter,  b.  Apr.  20,  1760;  m.  Mary  Blair. 

Silas,  b.  Apr.  29,  1762;  m.  Mamre  Bradley. 

Timothy,  b.  Apr.  22,  1764;  m.  Lois  Baker  and  Mrs.  Smith. 

Hezekiah,  b.  Oct.  14,  1766;  m.  Mehitable  Haven. 

Jonathan,  b.  Sept.  14,  1768;  m.  Dolly  Smith. 

Jonas,  b.  Oct.  21,  1770;  m.  Mary  Noble. 

Alice,  b.  Aug.  3,  1772;  m.  Simeon  Pelton.  Ch.:  Charlotte,  m. 
W^alker  (Troy),  ch.,  Emily  (Mich.),  Louisa,  and  one  son;  Huldah 
m.  Sweet(Sandy  Hill),  ch.,  boy  and  girl;  Sallie,  m.  James  Lomis 
(Southwick,  Mass.),  four  children;  Harriet,  m.  Closes  Lomis, 
three  children;  Orpha  m.  Ives,  (Lansingburg),  ch.,  Adeline, 
Orpha,  Oscar,  Chauncey,  Adeline,  m.  Van  Schaach  (Manluis, 
N.  Y.).,  ch.,  Orpha,  Lydia  and  others;  Lydia,  m.  Hibbard 
(Chicago);  Loring  m.  Polly  Hilton,  ch.,  Wallace  and  Loring; 
Wallace  had  one  son;  Loring  m.  Kate  Marsh;  Kate  m.  Caruth 
(Chicago),  d.  Apr.,  1886,  left  son  and  daughter;  Edwin  m. ;  Lucius 
and  left  one  child;  Timothy  m.  a  Mrs.  Searles  and  res.  in  Ohio. 

Oliver,  b.  Jan.  18,  1775;  d.  June  20,  1780. 

Paul,  b.  Apr.  13,  1777;  m.  Dollie  Darwin  and  Lucinda  Marsh. 

BARNAHAS.b.  Apr.  13, 1777;  m.  Harriett  Heileman. 

353.  Moses  Whitney  (Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Oct.  17,  1733; 
m.  July   7,  1756,  Betty  Hutchins;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

989.  i.  Betty,  b.  Dec.9,  17ri6. 

990.  ii.         Bethiah,  b.  Jan.  22,  1757. 

991.  iii.       Lvcv,  b.  Oct.  10,  1759. 

992.  iv.       Moses,  b.  Mar.  18,  1761. 

355.  Aaron  Whitney  (Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  July  2,  1740; 
m.  Dec.  16,  1765,  Anna  Laurence;  d.  July  16,  1773;  m.  2d,  Apr.  21,  1774,  Sarah  (Sally) 
Pollard.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt. 
Burt  in  Col.  Whitcomb's  regiment.  Aaron  Whitney's  will  of  Harvard,  yeoman;  wife, 
Sarah;  son,  Moses;  son,  Aaron;  son,  Abel;  dau.,  Anna  Danforth,  wife  of  Benj.  Dan- 
forth;  dau.,  Sarah  Davis,  wife  of  Eleazer  Davis.  Aaron  Whitney,  son,  exec.  May 20, 
1817.     He  d.  Apr.  13,  1817;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

993.  i.  Anna,  b.  Nov.  18,  1766;  m.  June  21,  1803,  Benjamin  Danforth. 

994.  ii.         Sarah,  b.   May  23,  1769;  m.  Apr.  10,  1787,  in  Harvard,  Eleazer 


995.  iii.       Moses,  b.  May  3,  1772;  d.  Apr.  25,  1773. 

996.  iv.       Moses,  b.  Oct.  5,  1775;  m.  Patty . 

997.  v.        Aaron,  b.  Nov.  7  ,  1777;  m.Sally  Flagg  and  Mrs.  Susan  (Hartwell) 


998.  vi.       Abel,  b.  Feb.  17,  1786. 






















368.  Isaac  Whitney -(Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  May  25,  1747  ;m. 
Oct.  13,  1774,  Lydia  Taylor.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  company  com- 
manded by  Capt.  Cranston  from  Stow.  In  1779  his  age  was  given  as  32;  res.  Stow, 

999.    i.  Esther,  b.  June  12,  1775. 

1000.  ii.        SoLO.MON,  b.  Nov.  25,  1776. 

1001.  iii.       Rachel,  b.  Aug.  25,  1779. 

370.  Elias  Whitney  (Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow;  m.  Rachel 
;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

Lydia,  b.  Nov.  3,  1759. 

Hezekiah,  b.  May  26,  1761;  m.  Sarah . 

Sarah,  b.  July  11,  1763 

Rachel,  b.  Aug.  10,  1772;  d.  Aug.  16,  1778. 

Amos,  b. ;  m.  Patty  Wilder. 

Mary  A.,  b. ;  m. —  Esterbrook. 

Elmira,  b. ;  m.  Peter  Kisamus. 

371.  Lemuel  Whitney  (Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow;  ni.  Elizabeth 

;  d.  Oct.  16,  1803.     He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  the  company  from 

Stow.     He  d.  Mav  6,  1803;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

1009.  i.  '  Lois,  b.  June  14,  1761;  m.  Oliver  Houghton. 

1010.  ii.         Lemuel,  b.  Jan.  25,  1767;  m.  Dorcas  Gates. 

1011.  iii.        Betty,  b.  Feb.  18,  1773;  m.  George  Maxwell. 

1012.  iv.        Marcy,  b. ;  m.  Peter  Houghton. 

372.  John  Whitney  (John,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Shirley,  Mar.  20,  1725;  m. 
Feb.  26,  1759,  Hannah  Sawtell;  res.  Shirley,  Mass. 

1013.  1.  Salmon,  b.  June  28,  1759.     He  served  through  the  Revolutionary 

war.  He  res.  in  Groton  unm.  and  in  1783,  according  to  probate 
court  records  at  Camb.,  he  was  deceased  and  his  estate  settled 
and  appraised  by  Obadiah  Sawtell  of  Shirley,  Jonathan  Worces- 
ter of  Groton,  and  Joshua  Longley  of  Lunenburg. 

1014.  ii.  John,  b.  Feb.  28,  1761.  He  was  in  Capt.  Corey's  Company,  of  Col. 

Prescott's  Regiment,  during  the  Revolutionary  war. 

374.     Ezra  Whitney  (John,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Aug. 24,  1731;  m. 

-;  res.  Shirley,  Mass. 

1015.  i.         Son,  b.  May  17,  1756. 

1016.  ii.        Dau.,  b.  Dec.  18,  1757. 

376.  Abner  Whitney  (John,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Jan.  21,  1734;  m.  in 
Lunenburg,  June  21,  1753,  Sarah  Hilton,  b.  June  6,  1734,  in  Boston,  moved  to  L.  with 
her  parents,  d.  at  No.  Falmouth,  Me.,  Nov.,  1815.  He  was  born  probably  at  a  place 
called  Still  River,  in  or  near  Groton,  Mass.  He  married  June  21,  175H,  Sarah  Hilton, 
Rev.  David  Stearns  officiating  at  the  nuptials.  They  lived  for  a  few  years  in  Shirley, 
which  about  this  time  became  a  district  of  Groton.  At  the  breaking  out  of  the  Revo- 
lutionary war  Abner  enlisted  (May  2,1775),  in  Capt.  Corey's  company  in  Col.  Wil- 
liam Prescott's  regiment.  After  the  war  he  settled  in  Maine.  Died  in  Falmouth, 
Me.,  Mar.  5,  1802,  aged  68;  res.  Shirley  and  Deerfield,  Mass.,  and  Falmouth,  Me. 

1017.  i.  Abner,  b.  Oct.  22,  1755.     He  was  born  in  that   part   of  Groton 

which  was  subsequently  incorporated  as  Shirley.  His  early 
manhood  began  near  the  beginning  of  the  Revolutionary  war 
and  his  service  in  that  struggle  dates  from  the  firing  of  the  first 
gun  at  Lexington.  He  enlisted  Apr.  19,  1775,  though  only  17 
years  of  age,  and  served  through  the  war  until  its  close,  part 
of  the  time  under  Col.  William  Prescott.  After  the  war  he  set- 
tled in  North  Carolina  near  Pasquatunk  river,  where  he  had  a 
large  plantation.     He  died  about  1809,  and  probably  left  issue. 

1018.  ii.        Uriel,  b.  Sept.  11, 1757;  m.  Lydia  Whitmore. 

1019.  iii.       Elijah,  b. ;  n.  f.  k. 

1020.  iv.        Beulah  B.,  b.  in  1761;  m.  Jonathan  Britton.     She  d.  in  1850  in 

Otisfield,  Me. 

1021.  v.         Sarah,  b. ;  m.  Jabez  Bradbury,  a  Quaker;  d    Athens,  Me.,. 

and  left  large  family. 

1022.  vi.       Amaziah,  b. ;-m.  Sarah  Boynton. 


1023.  vii.      Samuel,  b.  in  1759;  m.  Hannah  Thompson. 

1024.  viii.      Barzillai,  b. ;  was  drowned  when  11  years  ot  age. 

1025.  ix.        William,  b.  in  176-;  m.  Hannah  Briggs,  of  Buxton,  Me.;   res. 

Standish,  Me. 

1026.  X.         Mary,  b.  Jan.  12,  1774;  m.  Stephen  Howard  Horsely,  who  was 

b.  Sept.  1,  1772.  Mr.  Horsely  was  in  the  war  of  1812,  took 
part  in  the  battle  of  Plattsburgh,  under  General  Macomb.  He 
d.  Mar.  3,  1847.  She  d.  Oct.  25,  1850.  Ch.:  Mary,  b.  Oct.  21, 
1798,  in  Boston;  baptized  in  the  Old  South  Church,  by  Joseph 
Ecklev,  D  D.;  mar.  Jan.  7.  1816,  Sewal  Prince;  d.  May  2i,  1875; 
William,  b.  Dec.  17,  1806;  d.  Jan.  7,  1808;  Sally  Hilton,  b.  Dec. 
21.  1808:  m.  1st,  Hiram  Hill,  1836;  m.  2d,  John  W.  Burke, 
1837;  d.  May,  1887;  Beulah  Britton,  b.  Apr.  1,  1811;  m.  1826, 
John  Stokes. 

379.     Daniel   Whitney,  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John,)  b.  Stow,  Mass. 

Feb.  13,  1720;  m.  (int.)  Fov.  9,  1744,  Dorothy  Goss,  of  Lancaster;  b. ;  d.  Oct.  11 

1813.     He  d.  in  1782;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

1027.  i.  Hannah,  b.  Harvard,  Apr.  29, 1746;  m. Wetherbee. 

1028.  ii.         Daniel,  b.  Dec.  11,  1749;  m.  Sarah  Durant. 

1029.  iii.        John,  b.  Nov.  24,  1747;  m.  Mary  Farnsworth. 

1030.  iv.        Dorothy,  b.  Dec.  12,  1751;  m.  (int.)  Sept.  10,  1774,  Nathan  Put- 

nam, of  Stow. 

1031.  V.         Silas,  b.  Jan.  13,  1754;  d.  May  25,  1756. 

1032.  vi.        Ephraim,  b.  Sept.  29,  1755;  m.  Sarah  Burgess. 

1033.  vii.       Silas,  b.  Feb.  26,  1758;  m.  Patience  Goodnow. 

1034.  viii.     Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  4,  1760;  m.  Apr.  10,  1782,  Ebenezer  Parks,  of 


1035.  ix.        Katherine,  b.  Apr.  12,  1763;  m.  Apr.  23,  1783,  Lemuel  Wheeler, 

of  Lincoln. 

1036.  X.         Susannah,  b.  Oct.  11,  1766;  m.  Mar.  31,  1784,  Stephen  Weston,  of 


1037.  vi.       Mary,  b.  Feb.  9,  1769;  m.  Mar.  20,  1787,  Peter  Chapin,  of  Acton. 

381.  Richard  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  in  Stow, 
Mass.,  July  31,  1725;  m.  in  Sudbury.  Dec.  10,  1747,  Mary  Perry,  of  Sudbury.  Sept.  2, 
1746,  Richard  Whitney  of  Stow  and  wife  Hannah  in  consideration  of  the  love  and 
affection  conveyed  to  son  Richard  deed  land  in  Harvard  (Vol.  26,  p.  75,  Worcester 
Co.  Conveyances).  Richard,  yeoman,  of  Harvard,  died  in  1798.  He  made  bequests 
to  all  except  Hannah,  who  had  probably  died  before  that  time.  James  Whitney  was 
executor.     He  d.  May  4,  1798;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

1038.  i.  Jacob,  b.  Mar.  24,  1748;  m.  Lois  Hapgood  and  Mary  Patch. 
Richard,  b.  Feb.  2,  1752;  m.  Mercy  Willard. 

Mary.  b.  July  3,  1755;  m, Dickinson. 

Reuben,  b.  Feb.  21,  1758;  m.  Lucy  Fairbank. 

James,  b.  May  29,  1760;  m.  Rachel  Lawton,  Lucy  Reed,  and  Susan 

Hannah,  b.  Oct.  17,  1763;  d.  Oct.  14,  1767. 
Sarah,  b.  Feb.  9,  1767;  m.  July  7, 1785,  Levi  Worster,  of  Littleton, 


383.  Gen.  Josiah  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  in  Stow. 
Mass.,  Oct.  12,  1731;  m.  (int.)  in  Stow,  Sept.  9,  1751,  Sarah  Farr,  b.  Jan.  19,  1735; 
d.  Harvard,  Mass.,  Apr.  21,  1773;  m.  2d  in  Harvard,  Feb.  3,  1774,  Sarah  Dwelly,  of 
Bridgewater;  d.  Whitingham,  Vt.,  Feb.  18,1817. 

The  citizen  of  Harvard  who  held  the  highest  military  rank  during  the  Revolu- 
tionary war  was  Col.  Josiah  Whitney.  He  was  at  that  time  the  town's  most  noted 
and  influential  citizen  and  the  leader  of  the  majority  in  town  politics.  He  was  born 
in  Stow,  the  youngest  son  of  Richard  and  Hannah  (Whitcoitib)  Whitney,  his  mother 
being  a  near  relative  of  the  veteran  military  leaders  Col.  Asa  and  Gen.  John  Whit- 
comb.  Sept.  2,  1746,  his  parents  deeded  to  him  land  in  Harvard,  which  he  occu- 
pied soon  after  marriage.  His  dwelling  stood  nearly  opposite  the  present  almshouse 
until  torn  down  in  1869,  after  it  had  served  the  town  lor  forty-five  years  as  a  home 
for  its  paupers.  He  inherited  a  fondness  for  military  affairs,  and  when  about  his 
majority  he  entered  upon  what  later  proved  a  most  brilliant  military  record.     In  the 














spring  of  175o  he  was  a  member  of  the  company  commanded  by  Capt.  William 
Pierce,  that  marched  in  Col.  Whitcomb's  regiment  against  the  French  and  Indians 
at  Crown  Point.  He  was  in  the  bloody  battle  at  Lake  George,  Sept.  8,  1755,  where 
the  gallant  Dieskau,  leading  a  large  force  of  French  and  Indians,  was  signally 
defeated  by  the  undisciplined  valor  of  the  \ew  England  yeomanry  led  by  Gen. 
Phineas  Lyman.  From  Aug.  13  to  26,  1757,  he  was  a  member  of  the  foot  company 
commanded  by  Capt.  Israel  Taylor  that  marched  on  the  late  alarm  for  the  relief  of 
Fort  William  Henry,  as  far  as  Springfield.  Sept.  26,  1774,  the  town  approved  of  the 
choice  of  officers  of  the  two  military  companies.  Capt.  Josiah  Whitney  commanded 
the  youngest  company.  He  was  also  captain  of  the  company  for  a  few  years  prior  to 
the  above  date.  Dec.  19,  1774,  the  Continental  Resolves  were  read  before  the  town 
and  they  were  approved.  A  committee  was  appointed  to  prepare  a  covenant  to  be 
signed  by  the  inhabitants,  in  which  they  further  pledged  their  adherence  to  indepen- 
dency. Josiah  Whitney  was  appointed  one  of  a  committee  of  ten  to  inspect  breaches 
of  the  covenant.  April,  1775,  the  Provincial  Congress,  convened  at  Watertown,  deter- 
mined upon  the  establishment  of  an  army  of  thirteen  thousand  men  for  the  siege  of 
Boston,  expecting  the  other  colonies  to  come  to  their  assistance  with  twenty  thou- 
sand more.  Ten  companies  were  to  constitute  a  regiment  as  heretofore,  but  the 
complement  was  fixed  at  fifty-nine  privates,  two  musicians,  five  corporals,  four  ser- 
geants, one  ensign,  a  lieutenant,  and  captain.  The  term  of  enlistment  was  for  eight 
months.  Col.  Asa  Whitcomb,  of  Lancaster,  was  authorized  to  raise  a  regiment,  and 
was  one  of  the  first  to  report  his  command  complete.  May  25  he  announced  his 
staff,  of  which  Josiah  Whitney,  of  Harvard,  was  lieutenant  colonel.  His  regiment 
had  eleven  companies,  containing  five  hundred  and  sixty  volunteers.  It  was  the 
largest  of  the  twenty-six  Massachusetts  regiments  before  Boston.  April  10,  1776, 
Capt.  Josiah  Whitney  was  appointed  to  take  command  of  a  battalion  of  men  raised 
by  the  state.  Oct.  29  he  was  in  camp  at  Hull  with  his  regiment,  and  in  a  communi- 
cation to  the  provincial  council  and  house  of  representatives  at  Watertown,  states, 
"though  the  pay  of  the  state  was  small,  yet  my  zeal  for  the  liberties  of  my  country 
was  so  great  that  I  cheerfully  undertook,"  etc. 

Upon  the  departure  of  the  Continental  army  for  New  York,  the  Massachusetts 
militia  was  summoned  to  the  defense  of  the  coast.  Two  regiments  were  formed  in 
April,  1776,  for  the  defense  of  Boston  harbor  and  stationed  at  Hull.  For  these  the 
Continental  organization  was  adopted  which  fixed  the  battalion  complement  at  eight 
companies  of  ninety  men  each.  It  was  one  of  these  regiments  that  was  commanded 
by  Col.  Whitney  as  stated  above. 

In  July,  1777,  the  Massachusetts  Council  of  War,  suddenly  aware  of  New 
England's  peril  if  the  victorious  progress  of  Burgoyne  was  not  stayed,  hurriedly 
sent  heavy  reinforcements  of  militia  to  aid  Gen.  Benj.  Lincoln,  who  was  then  harass- 
ing the  rear  of  the  invading  army.  Col.  Josiah  Whitney,  on  July  27  ordered  a  draft 
of  one-sixth  of  the  training  bands  and  alarm  lists  in  his  regiment  to  march  at  once  to 
Bennington  with  six  days'  rations,  and  on  Aug.  2  ordered  one-half  of  the  militia  to 
follow  with  eight  days'  rations.  Jan.  13,  1778,  he  was  chairman  of  a  committee  which 
had  been  appointed  by  the  town  "  to  take  into  consideration  the  Articles  of  Confedera- 
tion and  Perpetual  Union  of  the  L^nited  States  of  America  Concerted  on  by  Congress." 
The  report  urged  the  representative  to  use  his  best  efforts  to  support  our  indepen- 
dency. In  Aug.  and  Sept.,  1778,  a  more  determined  attempt  was  made  by  the  Conti- 
nental forces  to  wrest  Rhode  Island  from  the  enemy,  an  attack  by  the  combined 
forces  of  the  French  and  Americans,  on  land  and  water,  being  agreed  upon.  Again  a 
tempest  disarranged  well-laid  plans  ])y  driving  the  French  fleet  to  sea,  and  the  battle 
of  Quaker's  Hill  closed  with  honor  an  unsuccessful  camjiaign.  The  Second  Worcester 
Regiment  of  militia,  with  its  commander,  Col.  Josiah  Whitney,  took  part  in  the 
operations  in  Rhode  Island.  May  23,  1780,  the  state  constitution  was  submitted  to 
the  freemen,  and  after  being  read,  paragraph  by  paragraph,  was  referred  to  a  com- 
mittee of  fifteen  to  carefully  consider  and  report  upon.  On  June  1,  the  chairman 
of  the  committee,  Joseph  VVheeler,  laid  before  the  town  the  following  proposed 
amendments:  "  1.  That  the  Delegate  from  this  town  be  instructed  to  use  his  endeavors 
that  there  may  be  a  new  convention  within  the  term  of  fifteen  years  to  consider 
what  amendments  may  be  needed  in  the  constitution.  21y.  That  the  suspension  of 
the  habeus  corpus  act  shall  be  confined  to  the  time  of  war,  invasion  or  rebellion  and 
not  to  exceed  the  term  of  six  months.  Sly.  To  give  power  to  the  Governour  in  the 
recess  of  the  General  Court  to  march  or  transport  the  Inhabitants  of  the  State  for 
the  relief  of  a  neighboring  State  invaded  or  threatened  with  invasion.  Then  voted 
this  amendment  be  likewise  made  that  the  Governour  shall  be  of  the  Protestant 
religion.     Then  voted  to  accept  the  whole  of  sd.  Constitution  with  the  above  amend- 


ments — eighty-one  for  and  not  one  against.  Then  voted  to  send  two  Delegates  to 
the  Convention,  one  of  each  denomination.  Voted  and  chose  Coll.  Josiah  Whitney 
and  Mr.  Joseph  Stone."  At  the  close  of  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  colonel  of  the 
Second  Worcester  Regiment,  in  which  the  seventh  and  eleventh  companies  were 
from  Harvard.  He  was  made  brigadier  general  in  1783,  but  resigned  the  office 
before  the  breaking  out  of  the  Shay's  insurrection,  and  as  he  did  not  take  any  active 
part  in  it,  some  of  his  enemies  accused  him  of  treasonable  complicity  in  the  same. 
In  1782  the  governor  appointed  him  a  justice  of  the  peace  in  and  for  the  county  of 
Worcester.  In  1783-4-7-8-9  he  was  a  member  of  the  board  of  selectmen,  and  during 
all  these  years  he  was  one  of  the  most  popular  moderators  at  the  deliberations  of 
the  town  voters. 

Gen.  Josiah  Whitney  was  the  delegate  from  Harvard  to  the  convention  held  for 
the  purpose  of  ratifying  the  Federal  Constitution,  in  Boston,  Jan.  9,  1788.  He  voted 
with  the  minority,  and  was  opposed  to  the  constitution.  He  stated  in  convention, 
however,  that  though  he  had  been  opposed  to  it,  he  should  support  it  as  much  as  if 
he  had  voted  for  it.  He  was  the  representative  in  Legislature,  1780-81-87-88-89.  He 
had  twenty-five  children,  sixteen  by  the  first  marriage  and  nine  by  the  last,  of  the 
children  by  the  first  marriage  thirteen  died  young.  He  was  a  prominent  member  of 
the  church,  and  in  seating  the  meeting-house — that  is,  in  assigning  the  pews — he  was 
given  one  of  the  most  prominent  in  the  edifice.  Administration  on  his  estate  was 
granted  in  the  probate  court.  May  4,  1806.     Upon  his  gravestone  is  the  following: 

Erected  in  memory  of 

Josiah  ^^'hitney  Esq 

who  died  Jan  24,  18U6 

aged  74  yers.  4  mos  13  days 

Cease  Dear  friends  for  me  to  weep, 

'  For  Christ  my  bed  has  blest; 
Beneath  this  stone  I  sweetly  sleep 
In  God's  eternal  rest. 
He  d.  Ashby,  Jan.  24,  1806;  res.  Stow,  Harvard  and  Ashby,  Mass.J 

104.5.     i.         Josiah,  b.  Feb.  25,  1753;  m.  Anna  Scollay. 

1046.  ii.        Elizabeth,  b.  May  7,  1755;  m.  Apr.  28,  1796,  Phineas  Barnard,  b. 

.     She  d. ,  and  he  m.  her  sister,  Mrs.  Burgess  (see); 

res.  Harvard.     Ch.:  Levi,  b.  Oct.  24,  1800,  Ephrami. 

1047.  iii.       Stephen,  b.  May  1,  1757;  m.  Persis  Locke. 

1048.  iv.       Sarah,  b.  Apr.  11,  1775;  m.  Dec.  14,  1791,  Laomi  Burgess,  b.  Mar. 

1,  1770;  m.  2d,  Sept.  27,  1827,  Phinehas  Barnard,  of  Harvard. 
She  d.  May  23,  1860.  Ch.:  Mary,  b.  Jan.  20,  1792;  Josiah,  b.  Dec. 
14, 1793;  Emery,  b.  June  22,  1795;  Susana.  b.  Sept.  27,  1798;  Ma- 
randa,  b.  Mar.  29,  1801;  Rachel,  b.  June  4,  1803;  Laomi,  b.  Sept. 
6,  180.5,  Sarah,  b.  Aug.  29,  1807;  Benj.  Franklin,  b.  Jan.  23,  1810; 
Dwelly  Whitney,  b.  julv  26,  1812,  Adeline,  b.  Aug.  8.  1814,  Chas. 
Wesley,  b.  Jan.  11,  1817;  Baldwin  Bradford,  b.  Oct.  7,  1819. 

1049.  V.        Oliver,  b.  Jan.  9, 1777.     Is  reported  to  have  died  at  sea. 

1050.  vi.       Artemas  Ward,  b.  Nov.  17,  1778.     Same  report  as  Oliver. 

1051.  vii.      Dwellv,  b.  Aug.  2,  1782.     Same  report  as  Oliver. 

1052.  viii.      Susanna,  b.  Oct.  2, 1780;  m.  Nov.  8, 1803,  John  Adams,  of  Ashburn- 

ham..and  had  12  ch.;d.  No.  Adams,  Mass.,  May  5,  1866.  He  was 
b.  Mar.  9,  1780;  he  is  buried  in  Guilford,  \'t.  Ch.:  Susan  Adams 
Boyden,  b.  Aug.  26,  1804;  d.  Apr.  18,  1884;  .Mary  Adams  Lvons, 
b.  Apr.  12,  1806;  d.  Feb.  1,  1846;  John  Adams,  b.  Feb.  17,  1808; 
d.  Aug.  26,  1869;  Miranda  Adams  Burnap,  b.  Jan.  26,  1810;  d. 
Sept.  19,  1892;  Francis  Porter  Adams,  b.  Dec.  13,  1812;  d.  May 
26,  1883;  Artemas  Whitney,  b.  Jan.  3,  1814;  living  in  Ann  Arbor, 
Mich.;  ae.  79;  Sarah  Adams  Childs,  b.  Feb.  23,  1816;  d.  Oct.  12, 
1850;  Luceba  Adams  Prouty,  b.  Apr.  13,  1818;  d.  July,  1844; 
Henry  Lee  Adams,  b.  Feb.  8,  1820;  d.  Dec.  30,  1865';  William 
Barney  Adams,  b.  July  10, 1822;  d.  Jan.  24, 1831;  Caroline  Amelia 
Adams  Doane,  b.  Mar.  20,  1826;  living  in  No.  Adams,  Mass;  66 
years  old.  She  has  the  photographsof  four  of  Gen.  Whitney's  chil- 
dren— namely,  her  mother,  Susannah  Whitney,  who  lived  to 
the  age  of  85  years;  Sarah  Whitney  Barnard,  who  lived  to  be  86 

IGen.  WLitney  Lad  25  children,  but  the  others  died  in  iufaucy. 




















years;  Daniel  Whitney,  who  lived  to  be  85  years;  Moses  Gill 
Whitney,  youngest  child  of  Gen.  Whitney,  age  85. 

Lemuel,  b.  Sept.  19,  1784;  m.  Elizabeth  Hall. 

Daniel,  b.  Oct.  25,  1786;  m.  Hannah  Shedd. 

John  Hancock,  b.  Dec.  13,  1788;  m.  and  res.  Cazenovia,  N.  Y. 

Moses  Gill,  b.  Feb.  4, 1791;  m.  Ann  Shields. 

Infant,  d.  Feb.,  1766. 

Infant,  d.  Feb.  18,  1768. 

Infant,  d.  Mar.  16,  1763. 

Infant,  d.  May  10,  1762. 

Infant,  d.  June  4, 1761. 

885.  Dea.  Oliver  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Lancaster 
July  22,  1731;  m.  Nov.  16,  1752,  Abigail  Hutchins;  d.  Oct.,  1804.  Mary  Wilder,  wid. 
of  John,  of  Lancaster,  executrix  of  Abigail's  will. 

Deacon  Oliver  was  a  farmer  in  Harvard;  his  will  is  dated  Feb.  1,  1801-2;  he 
leaves  estate  to  wife  Abigail,  brothers  Caleb  and  Hezekiah,  and  Simon  and  Jonathan; 
and  sisters  Betsey,  wife  of  Phinehas  Wetherbee;  Alice,  wife  of  Timothy  Whitney; 
Rhumah,  wife  of  Abel  Davis.  Israel  Whitney,  of  Harvard,  was  executor.  He  served 
in  the  Revolutionary  war.     He  d.  s.  p.  Apr.,  1802;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

386.  Caleb  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Lancaster,  Oct. 
4,  1729;  m.  Nov.  16,  1749,  Annes  Church,  b.  July  7,  1731.  His  will  was  probated  May 
1,  1822,  of  Sterling,  and  his  son  Jonathan  was  appointed  executor.  Mentions  wife 
Annes,  dau.  Elizabeth  Pierce,  son  Joshua,  son  Joseph,  dau.  Annis  Holman,  son 
Hezekiah,  and  son  Jonathan.  He  d.  1822;  res.  Harvard,  Shutesbury  and  Sterling, 

Elizabeth,  b.  Harvard  June  27, 1751;  m. Pierce. 

Caleb,  b.  June  23,  1753;  d.  young. 

Joshua,  b.  Feb.  18,  1754;  m.  Vashti  Knight. 

Annes,  b.  May  9,  1756;  d.  Jan.  31,  1758. 

Caleb,  b.  June  23,  1758;  d.  in  the  Revolutionary  army  Dec.  10, 

1777.     He  was  in  a  Lancaster  company. 
Joseph,  b.  July  9,  1760. 
Annis,  b.  in  Shutesbury,  June  20,  1763;  m.  Dec,  1796,  Seth  Has- 

kins;  m.  2d, Holman. 

Hezekiah,  b.  Shutesbury,  Aug.  16,  1766. 
Jonathan,  b.  in  S.,  Sept.  8,  1768;  m.  Lucy  Wheeler. 
Lucy,  b.  Sept.  25,  1770;  d.  Feb.  7,  1771,  in  Lancaster. 
Joshua,  b.  Jan.  4,  1750;  d.  Jan.  24,  1750. 
Lucy,  b.  Shutesbury,  April  20,  1765;  d.  May  16,  1765. 

387.  Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Har- 
vard, Apr.  14,  1735;  m.  Lydia  — ;  m.  2d,  May  5,  1774,  Lucy  Pollard. 

Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitney  was  born  in  Harvard,  where  he  always  resided  and  fol- 
lowed agricultural  pursuits  all  his  life.  He  early  in  life  showed  a  decided  taste  for 
military  affairs,  and  before  his  majority  was  a  leading  member  of  one  of  the  local 
companies.  In  1757  he  was  a  member  of  Capt.  Taylor's  company  of  foot  in  Col. 
Wilder's  regiment  that  marched  on  the  late  alarm  to  the  relief  of  Fort  William 
Henry  as  far  as  Springfield,  Aug.  13  to  26.  In  1774  he  was  sergeant  of  the  "youngest 
company"  in  Harvard.  At  the  Lexington  alarm,  Apr.  19,  1775,  he  was  sergeant  in 
Capt.  Burt's  company  in  Col.  Whitcomb's  regiment.  ,  After  the  battle  of  Lexington, 
in  1776,  he  was  captain  of  the  Harvard  company  in  Col.  Josiah  Whitney's  regiment. 
He  held  various  town  offices,  was  highly  esteemed,  member  of  the  church  and  in 
seating  the  meeting  house,  in  1775,  was  given  the  third  seat  below. 

"Hezekiah  Whitney's  inventory,  late  of  Harvard.  Appraised  at  Harvard  Nov. 4, 
1805.  Hezekiah  Whitney's  advertisement  for  sale  of  his  real  estate,  late  of  Harvard, 
will  be  sold  at  public  auction  on  Monday,  Sept.  15,  1806.  Hezekiah  Whitney's 
widow's  dower.  A  committee  appointed  to  set  off  one-third  part  of  estate  of  Hezekiah 
Whitney,  late  of  Harvard,  to  Lucy  the  widow,  Sept.  15, 1806."  He  d.  July  23,  1805; 
res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

Mary,  b.  June  1,  1756. 

Jonathan,  b.  Mar.  4,  1775;  d.  May  5,  1776. 

Lucy,  b.  June  30,  1777. 

Alice,  b.  July  29,  1780, 

Levi,  b.  Aug.  30,  1786. 

Jonathan,  b.  May  20, 1782. 




































388.  Simon  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Mar.  20, 

1719;  m.  Olive ,  b.  1723,  d.  Aug.  8,  1767;  m.  2d,  May  6,  1768,  Patience  Hasel- 

tine.  He  was  a  farmer.  Was  elected  to  town  offices.  Was  selectman  1767-68.  Was 
a  member  of  the  church,  and  in  1766  was  elected  deacon,  but  declined  the  honor.  In 
1775  in  seating  the  meeting  house  he  was  given  the  second  seat  below.  Will  dated 
Sept.  3,  1774.  Abel  Whitcomb  returned  receipts  of  Simon's  estate  Feb.  12, 1782.  He 
d.  May  26,  1778;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

1076.  i.  Wetherbee,  b.  May  3,  1746;  m.  Abigail  Warner. 

1076.  ii.         Rachel,  b.  Jan.  5,  1748;  d.  Dec.  16,  1766. 

1077.  iii.  Sarah,  b.  Feb.  6,  1750;  m. Taylor. 

1078.  iv.  Silas,  b.  Oct.  6,  1751. 

1079.  v.  Lois,  b.  July  28,  1753;  d.  July  17,  1756. 

1080.  vi.  Alice,  b.  May  26,  1755. 

1081.  vii.  Judah,  b.  May  15,  1757;  d.  May  22,  1761. 

1082.  viii.  Lois,  b.  Mar.  30,  1759;  d.  Feb.  26,  1772. 

1083.  ix.  Judah,  b.  June  16,  1761;  m. . 

1084.  X.  Lucy,  b.  Oct.  7,  1765;  d.  Oct.  19,  1764. 

1085.  xi.  Simon,  b.  Jan.  17,  1767;  d.  Dec.  18, 1767. 

1086.  xii.  Simon,  b.  Mar.  17,  1770;  m.  Mary  Welch. 

1087.  xiii.  Reuben,  b. ;  m. . 

1088.  xiv.  Patience,  b. —;  m.  William  Willard,  Jr. 

1089.  XV.  Hannah,  b. ;  m. Priest. 

1090.  xvi.  Amy,  b. ;  m. Draper. 

389.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow;  m.  Nov. 
27,  1746,  Sarah  Holt;  d.  Oct.  29,  1769.  In  seating  the  meetmg  house  he  was  given  ye 
second  seat  on  ye  side.  Oliver  was  appointed  admr.  of  his  father's  estate  Apr.  30, 
1770;  inventory  was  made  Mar.  28,  1771.     He  d.  Jan.  20,  1770;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

1091.  i.  Phinehas,  b.  July  3,  1747;  m.  Keziah  Farnsworth. 

1092.  ii.  Jonathan,  b.  July  1,  1749;  d.  Oct.  27,  1756. 

1093.  iii.  Sarah,  b.  Aug.  5,  1751. 

1094.  iv.  Relief,  b.  May  21,  1754;  d.  Oct.  15,  1756. 

1095.  v.  Hannah,  b.  Mar.  24,  1756;  d.  Oct.  26,  1756. 

1096.  vi.  Relief,  b.  Nov.  13,  1758;  m. . 

1097.  vii.  ANNES,b.  Feb.  25,  1761;  d.  June  1,1761. 

1098.  viii.  Oliver,  d.  Mar.  29,  1763. 

1099.  ix.  Abigail,  b.  Jan.  29,  1763;  m.  Nov.  17,  1789,  Benjamin  Hoar,  of 


1100.  X.        Annes,  b.  Mar.  30,  1765;  d.  Jan.  23,  1768. 

1101.  xi.       Rachel,  b.  Sept.  19,  1767;  m.  Nov.  7,  1793,  Salmon  Willard. 

1102.  xii.      Levi,  b.  June  12,  1757;  d.  bef.  1771. 

398.    Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Aug.  27,  1747,  in 

Stow;  m.  Marcy ;  she  m.  2d   Oliver  Wyman.      His  will  is  dated  1771,  and 

besides  mentioning  the  following  children,  says,  "other  heirs,  Silas  Taylor,  Nehe- 
miah  Batchellor,  and  Marcy  Hosmer."     He  d.  1771;  res.  Stow  and  Boxboro,  Mass. 

1103.  i.  Eliphlet,  b.  Feb.  24,  1764;  m.  Mar.  20,  1783,  Sarah  Tenny,  of 

Lois,  b.  Jan.  16,  1766;  m.  Eliphalet  Mace. 
Mary,  b.  Oct.  13,  1767. 
Joshua,  b.  Jan.  11,  1769,  Lunenburg,  Mass. 
Susanna,  b.  Apr.  14,  1770. 

400.  Zachariah  Whitney  (Zachariah,  Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  Pomfret, 
Conn.,  Oct.  27,  1732;  m.  Sarah  Stanton,  b.  1738;  d.  Aug.  3,  1809. 

Zachariah  Whitney  was  born  in  Conn,  where  he  resided  until  1765.  While 
residing  in  Mansfield,  Windham  Co.,  Conn.,  he  purchased  of  persons  in  Pomfret, 
Conn.,  at  various  times,  as  per  deeds  in  possession  of  his  great-grandson,  Alvin  E. 
Whitney,  of  Beachmont,  Revere,  Mass.,  lands  in  the  district  of  Montague,  in  the 
township  of  Sunderland,  Mass.,  as  it  was  then.  Later  it  was  incorporated  as  a  sepa- 
rate township.  He  was  a  farmer  and  one  of  the  pioneers  of  that  part  of  western 
Mass.     He  d.  Sept.  26,  1808;  res.  Mansfield,  Conn.,  and  Montague,  Mass. 

1108.  i.  Ebenezer,  b.  May  28,  1762;  m.  Rachel  Perne  Rawsonand  Lovina 

Burnham  Potter. 

1109.  ii.         Zachariah,  b.  Aug.  11, 1764;  m.  and  rem.  to  Delhi,  N.  Y. 

1110.  iii.        Abigail,  b.  Sept.  13,  1776;  m.  Noah  Barnes.    She  d.  Nov.  8,  1796. 


















1111.  iv.        Irene,  b.  June  26,  1778;  d.  Sept.  29, 1779. 

1112.  V.         Isaac,  b.  Feb.  27,  1772;  d.  Sept.  26,  1777. 

1113.  vi.        Olive,  b.  Dec.  14,  1777;  m.  Rufus  Scott. 

402.  Aaron  Whitney  (Zachariah,  Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  Pomfret,  Conn., 
Nov.  1,  1737;  m.  there,  Feb.  1, 1759,  Mary  Peck;  res.  Pomfret,  Conn. 

1114.  i.         Moses,  b.  Sept.  30,  1762. 

404.  Joseph  Whitney  (Zachariah,  Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  Pomfret,  Conn., 
Nov.  5,  1743;  m.  there,  June  15,  1780,  Mary  Lyon;  res.  Pomfret,  Conn. 

1115.  i.         Joseph,  b.  Mar.  9,  1781. 

1116.  ii.        ARMiNDA,b.  June  29,  1783. 

1117.  iii.       Jonathan,  b.  May  20,  1785. 

1118.  iv.       Rebeccah,  b.  July  12,  1790. 

408.  EzEKiEL  Whitney  (Ezekiel.  Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  Pomfret,  Conn., 
Oct.  22,  1729;  m.  at  Plainfield,  Mar.  7,  1757,  Elizabeth  Knight;  m.  2d  Feb.,  1770, 
Deborah  Tryal;  m.  3d  Sept.  3,  1772,  Desire  Landers.  He  d.  Feb.,  1814;  res.  Plain- 
field,  Conn. 

Ezekiel,  b.  May  15,  1758;  m.  Phebe  Hoyt. 

Lucy,  b.  Dec.  31,  1761;  d.  Oct.  10,  1767. 

Asa,  b.  Oct.  8,  1763. 

Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  20,  1767. 

RiSKCUM,  b.  July  28,  1769;  d.  Jan.  16,  1771. 

409.  Ebenezer   Whitney   (Ezekiel,   Ebenezer,   Richard,   John),  b.  Pomfret, 

Conn.,  Oct.  22,  1729;  m. .    After  his  marriage  he  located  in  Worcester, 

Mass.,  where  he  afterward  resided.  Being  in  Boston  he  was  empressed  on  a  British 
ship.  For  seven  years  he  had  no  communication  with  his  family,  nor  did  he  set  his 
foot  on  land.  When  he  escaped  it  was  with  broken  health  and  to  find  his  wife  mar- 
ried again;  he  left  her  undisturbed,  went  to  his  father's  (?)  and  died  in  eighteen  months. 
He  had  two  children. 

1123a.  i.          Ebenezer,  b.  in  1759;  m.  Martha  Gates. 
1124a.  ii.         Dau,  b. ;  d.  young. 

416.  Samuel  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  July  22, 
1714;  m.  Grace .  He  d.  Oct.,  1748;  for  on  31st  of  that  month  his  will  was  pro- 
bated; res.  Stow,  Mass. 

1124.    i.         Jemima,  b.  Dec.  10,  1745. 

417.  David  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.,  Oct. 

4,  1722;  m.  in  Harvard,  Aug.  25,  1747,  Olive  Sawyer,  b.  Lancaster,  1726;  d. ; 

m.  (int.  Oct.  25)  Nov.  25,  1755,  in  Lancaster,  Mrs.  Sarah  (Wilder)  (Rugg)  Hill,  of 
Lancaster;  d.  Oct.  16,  1800. 

He  was  a  prominent  resident  in  Harvard;  was  a  farmer  and  member  of  the 
church.  In  seating  the  meeting-house  he  was  given  the  fifth  seat.  When  the  Revo- 
lutionary war  broke  out  he  was  a  member  of  the  Harvard  Minute  men,  commanded 
by  Capt.  Davis,  and  marched  to  Cambridge  on  the  Lexington  Alarm,  Apr.  19,  1775, 
in  Col.  Whitcomb's  regiment.  In  July,  1777,  he  was  in  Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitney's 
company  and  Col.  Josiah  Whitney's  regiment.  Mr.  Enoch  Hill  and  Mrs.  Sarah 
Rugg  were  married  m  Lancaster,  Oct.  24,  1752.  They  had  one  child,  Anna,  b.  May 
25,  1753,  posthumous,  for  the  father,  Enoch,  died  Dec.  11,  1752.  Aug.  3, 1761,  accord- 
ing to  the  Worcester  probate  records,  David  and  Sarah  Whitney,  of  Harvard,  late 
widow  of  said  deceased  Enoch  Hill,  "  Do  hereby  resign  our  rights  to  Anna  Hill  only 
child  of  said  deceased  by  said  Sarah."     He  d.  in  1790;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

1126.    i.  Enoch,  b.  Sept.  25,  1756;  m.  Hannah . 

1126.    ii.         Isaac,  b.  Nov.  27,  1761;  m.  Susanna  Fletcher. 

418.  Joseph  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  in  Stow,  Mass., 
1716;  m.  in  Harvard,  Mass.,  Aug.  7,  1744,  Hannah  (Sanborn)  Chandler,  b.  in  1727;  d. 
Apr.  2,  1788. 

He  was  born  in  Stow,  Mass.,  where  his  ancestors  had  been  among  the  earliest 
settlers.  His  marriage  was  solemnized  in  Harvard,  in  which  town  her  parents 
resided,  and  is  one  of  the  first  to  be  found  on  the  record  of  marriages.  Soon  after 
his  marriage  he  moved  to  a  farm  in  Hampshire  county  and  in  the  will  of  a  relative  he 
is  referred  to  as  "  Joseph  Whitney,  of  Roadstown,  Hampshire  Co."  In  Feb.,  1780,  he 
resided    north  of  Deerfield  river  in  the  northwest  part  of  Shelburne.     He  was  a 


respectable  farmer  in  that  town,  was  a  member  of  the  church  and  died  there.  His 
wife  was  admitted  to  the  church  by  letter.  He  d.  Apr.  7,  1796,  ae.  80;  res.  Shelburne, 

"ll27.    i.         Hannah,  b.  Aug.  26,  1764;  d.  May  24,  1768. 

1128.  ii.        Joseph,  b.  Feb.  28,  1748;  m.  Abigail  Barnard. 

1129.  iii.       Anna,  b.  June  17, 1759;  m.  Moses  Cfiandler,  b.  Oct.  25,  1759;  d.  Aug. 

24,  1821.  Shed.  Nov.  23,  1842;  res.  Shelburne,  Mass.  Ch.: 
Louis;m.  Elisha  Edwards;  Cynthia,  b.  July  21,  1788;  d.  June  9, 
1859;  Electa,  b.  Mar.  4, 178-;  m.  Jan.  24, 1814,  Thomas  Goodnow; 
William,  b.  May  2,  1794;  d.  Sept.  1,  1794;  Hannah,  b.  Sept.  12, 
1795;  m.  Amasa  Shumway;  res.  Whitingham,  \'t.;  Amy,  b.  Nov., 
1797;  m.  Danforth  Johnson,  of  Coleraine. 

1130.  iv.        Molly,  b.  Apr.  7,  1755;  m.  Ephraim  Barrows,  of  Shutesbury,  6  ch. 

1131.  v.        Lucy,  b.  Mar.  20, 1762;  m.  Martin  Seaverance,  of  Shelburne,  Nov., 

15,  1781.     He  d.  Dec.  29.  1843.     She  d.  Jan.  10,  1844,  6  ch. 
1132a.  vi.       Moses,  b.  Apr.  19,  1746;  d.  Oct.  25, 1756. 
1133a.  vii.      David,  b.  Aug.  23. 1751;  d.  Sept.  27,  1756. 
1134a.  vili.     Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  30.  1753;  d.  Sept.  26,  1756. 










1135a    IX.       Hannah,  b.  June  1,  1757;  d.  July  24,  1757 

423.     David  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  June  21,  1717;  m. 

1737,  Mercy ;  res.  Brookfield,  Mass. 

1132.     i.  Silas,  b.  1737;  m.  Jane  Pearson. 

425.  Solomon  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Dec.  20,  1721; 
m.  Oct.  5,  1749,  Elizabeth  Smith.  She  m.  soon  after  1758,  Ithamer  Goodnough.  The 
inventory  of  Solomon's  estate  was  taken  Apr.  18,  1758;  res.  Marlboro  and  Petersham, 

Miriam,  b.  July  31,  1751. 

Benjamin,  b.  June  10,  1753;  m. . 

Job,  b.  June  25,  1755. 

Sarah,  b.  Aug.  11,  1757. 

433.  Samuel  W^hitney  (Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Marlboro,  Mass., 
Sept.  5,  1734;  m.  Oct.  20,  1757,  Abigail  Cutler,  b.  Mar.  24,  1735,  d.  July  2, 1813.  He 
resided  in  Concord  from  1767  to  i777.  Was  delegate  from  C.  to  the  first  provincial 
Congress  so  called  in  1775,  and  was  a  leading  member  of  the  town  committees  of 
safety,  correspondence  and  inspection.  When  Concord  had  raised  two  hundred 
men  he  was  appointed  muster  master,  was  a  participant  in  the  engagement  incident 
to  the  battles  of  Concord  and  Lexington,  and  at  that  time  had  a  large  amount  of  the 
public  stores  in  his  dwelling.  Mrs.  Whitney  use  to  relate  that  on  the  day  of  the 
"  Concord  fight,"  she  was  being  conveyed  out  of  the  way  of  danger  with  several  of 
her  children,  when  a  bullet  passed  through  the  carriage,  grazing  the  head  of  one  of 
the  boys.  He  removed  to  Castine  about  1791,  the  year  of  its  incorporation,  where  he 
successfully  conducted  many  important  enterprises  and  accumulated  a  handsome 
fortune.  He  was  a  man  of  great  integrity  of  character,  and  of  an  enterprising  spirit, 
but  is  represented  to  have  been  of  a  restless  disposition.  He  was  of  fine  personal 
appearance,  of  large  size,  and  dignified  in  his  bearing.  His  mind  was  of  a  thoughtful 
cast  and  he  cultivated  a  taste  for  literature,  accumulating  for  the  day  quite  a  valu- 
able library.  In  politics  he  was  a  federalist.  He  d.  IVIay  29,  1808;  res.  Concord, 
Mass.,  and  Castine,  Me. 

Samuel,  b.  July  15,  1759;  d.  unm  ,  1783. 
David,  b.  Aug.  14,  1761;  m.  Betsey  Darby. 
Benjamin,  b.  Apr.  11, 1763;  d.  unm.,  1784. 

Anna,  b.  July  30,  1764;  m.Sept.  13, 1787,  James  Adams  of  Antigua, 
W.  I.,  where  she  died  in  1788. 
1141.    V.        George,  b.  Sept.  22,  1765;  m.  and  left  one  dau.  Abigail,  who  m. 
Dudley  Tyler,   and  he  d.  leaving  two  sons.    She  m.  2d  a  Mr. 
Brown.     She  d.  Marietta,  Ohio,  in  182L 
James,  b.  Dec.  1,  1766;  d.  unm.  Jamaica,  W.  I.,  unm.  in  1796. 
Abigail,  b.  Apr.  22,  1768;  d.  unm.  at  Castine,  June  4,  1808. 
Lydia.  b.  June  19.  1769;  d.  in  infancy. 
Samuel  Austin,  b.  Sept.  27,  1770;  m.  Ruth  Perkins. 
Joseph,  b.  Sept.  19,  1771;  m.  Sally  Collins,  Catherine  Smith,  and 
Mrs.  Catherine  Whitney. 
1147.    xi.        William,  b.  Nov.  13,  1772;  d.  Charlestown  S.  C,  unm.,  in  1809. 



















1148.  xii.      John,  b.  Dec.  19,  1773;  d.  Jamaica  in  1803. 

1149.  xiii.     Cyrus,  b.  Dec.  24,  1774;  m.  Mary  Brewer. 

1150.  xiv.     Sarah,  b.  Feb.  2,  1776;  m.  May  5,  1808,  David  Howe  of  Castine. 

She  d.  Nov.  16,  1857,  leaving  Abigail  W.,  David,  Joseph,  Sarah 
Ann,  Rebecca. 

1151.  xvii.    Henry,  b.  Jan.  29,  1783;  m.  Lucy  Perkins. 

1152.  XV.       Mary,  b.  Sept.  14, 1777;  d.  young. 

1153.  xvi.      Ebenezer,  b.  Mar.  17,  1780;  m.  Bathsheba  T.  Heston. 

435.  Nathan  Whitney  (Nathan,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mar.  6,  1723; 
m.  Jan.  22,  1752,  Tabitha  Barnett,  of  Holden.  He  was  a  farmer;  resided  in  Stow. 
May  18,  1777,  they  moved  to  Conway,  Mass.,  and  united  with  the  Cong,  church  there 
and  ever  after  resided  in  that  town.  He  d.  in  Conway,  Mass.,  Oct.  28,  1801;  res. 
Stow  and  Conway,  Mass. 

1154.  i.         Aaron,  b.  July  31,  1752;  m. . 

1155.  ii.        Persis,  b.  Aug.  22,  1754;  d.  Oct.  2,  1754. 

1156.  iii.       Meriam,  b.  Aug.  25,  1755. 

1157.  iv.       Asaph,  b.  Apr.  29,  1759. 

437.  Jeremiah  Whitney  (Nathan,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Apr.  1, 
1729;  m.  Elizabeth ,  d.  Apr.  24,  1754;  m.  2d  1755,  Azubah .  The  wit- 
nesses to  Jeremiah's  will  were  Solomon  Taylor  and  James  Whitcomb.  In  1765  Joel 
chose  Jeremiah  Holman,  of  Bolton,  his  guardian.     He  d.  in  1761;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

1158.  i.         Joel,  b.  Jan.  8,  1750. 

1159.  ii.        Sarah,  b.  Apr.  3,  1752. 

1160.  iii.       Jeremiah,  b.  Apr.  18,  1754.     He  was  second  lieut.  in  a  Worcester 

county  company  in  Revolutionary  war. 

1161.  iv.       Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  28,  1756. 

1162.  v.        Ithamer,  b.  Dec.  29,  1758;  of  Cheshire  Co.,  N.  H.;  was  in  Col. 

Samuel  Ashley's  regt.  in  Revolutionary  army  Nov.  16,  1776,  and 
marched  to  reinforce  Gen.  Gates  at  Ticonderoga,  in  26  days. 

1163.  vi.       Abel,  b.  Apr.  22,  1760;  d.  Apr.  23,  1760. 

441.  Thomas  Whitney  (Thomas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Sept.  2,  1722;  m. 
Feb.  24, 1753,  Anna  Gould;  d.  Aug.  10,  1812.  Thomas  Whitney  was  an  early  resident 
of  Westboro.  With  his  wife  they  moved  to  Shrewsbury,  where  he  was  admitted  to 
the  church  in  1784.  He  died  in  Westboro.  While  living  in  Shrewsbury  they 
resided  in  that  part  called  "  The  Shoe."  He  was  in  the  Shrewsbury  company  in  the 
Revolutionary  war.  Thomas  Whitney's  inventory,  late  of  Westboro.  Appraised 
June  3,  1806.  Thomas  Whitney's  adm.  acct.  The  account  cf  Jonah  Whitney,  admin- 
istrator on  the  estate  of  Thomas  Whitney,  late  of  Westboro,  deceased.  The  said 
accountant  charges  himself  with  the  personal  estate  of  the  deceased,  amounting,  as 
per  inventory,  July  1,  1806.  He  d.  Apr.  25,  1806;  res.  Shrewsbury  and  Westboro, 

1164.  i.         Timothy,  b.  Nov.  29, 1753;  m.  Phebe  Reed. 

1165.  ii.         Sarah,  b.  Nov.  21,  1756;  m.  Feb.  28,  1780,  Jonas  Hemenway;  b. 

Dec.  13,  1758;  d.  Mar.  12,  1827.  She  d.  Sept.  8,  1827;  res. 
Shrewsbury,  Mass.  Ch.:  Lucy,  b.  May  8,  1780;  m.  May  8,  1800, 
Asahel  Allen;  Irene,  b.  July  23,  1784;  m.  Jan.  1,  1804,  Noah 

1166.  iii.       Elijah,  b.  Apr.  21,  1761;  m.  Mindwell  Hardy. 

1167.  iv.        Anna,  b.  May  24, 1764;  m.  1783,  Silas  Wheelock;  b.  May  10,  1759. 

He  d.  Feb.  24,  1842.  She  died  one  day  previous.  Res.  Shrews- 
bury. Ch.:  Silas,  b.  May  12,  1784;  Thomas,  b.  July  9,  1786; 
m.  Sarah  N.  Fairbank,  of  Grafton;  Elizabeth,  b.  Mar.  12,  1789; 
m.  Elijah  Harrington,  Jr.;  Anna,  b.  June  18, 1791;  m.  Ezra  Phelps; 
Lucy,  b.  Nov.  15,  1793;  m.  Dr.  Stephen  Cutler,  of  Grafton; 
Edward  F.,  b.  Aug.  22,  1796;  m.  Hannah  Warren;  Zadock  P., 
b.  Mar.  21,  1799;  d.  infancy;  Mary  Williams,  b.  May  6,  1800; 
m.  James  Wheeler;  Hannah,  b.  May  21,  1803;  m.  John  French; 
Rinda,  b.  Mar.  17,  1805;  m.  Willard  Warren,  of  Grafton. 

1168.  v.         John  Smith,  b.  Dec.  4,  1788;  m.  Susanna  Knowlton. 

1169.  vi.        Jonah,  b.  Aug.  25,  1771;  m.  Anna  Rider, 

447.  Samuel  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Dec.  2,  1746;  m. 
Nov.  5,  1776,  Levinah  Bigelow,  b.  Feb.  1, 1756.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in 
the  Westboro  company;  res.  Westboro,  Mass.,  and  Alstead,  N.  H. 


1170.  i.  Martha,  b. ;  m.  Nov.  21,  1811,  Jacob  Earle,  b.  Mar.  8,  1776, 

in  Paxton,  Mass.  Ch.:  Clarisa  S.,  b.  July  6,  1812;  m.  Jan.  10, 
1838,  Nathan  L.  Doolittle;  Phebe  W.,  b.  Nov.  3,  1814;  m.  John 
W.  Bradbury;  Charlotte  L.,  b.  Dec.  23,  1816;  m.  Henry  T. 
Clark;  Jacob  F.,  b.  Jan.  7,  1819;  m.  Sarah  Sherman;  Sophia  B., 
b.  Apr.  9,  1821;  m.  Nelson  A.  Holton;  res.  Paxton,  Mass.,  and 
Mt.  Holly,  N.  Y. 

449.  Alexander  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  July  2,  1751; 
m.  July  10,  1776,  Lois  Carroll;  d.  Henniker,  N.  H.  He  served  m  the  Revolutionary 
war  in  the  Westboro  company,  commanded  by  Capt.  Wheelock.  He  d.  in  Henniker, 
N.  H.;  res.  Hopkinton,  Mass.,  and  Henniker,  N.  H. 

1171.  i.  Eleazer,  b.  Dec.  5,  1777;  m.  Alice  Peabody. 

1172.  ii.         Molly,  b.  May  21,  1779;  m.  1799,  John  Connor.     He  was  a  cele- 

brated teacher  of  vocal  music,  b.  Sept.  28,  1779;  d.  Mar.  8,  1862. 
She  d.  Dec.  15,  1858.  Ch.:  Sophronia,  b.  Jan.  4,  1800;  m.  Paul 
Ray;  Susannah,  b.  June  22, 1802;  m.  A.  K.  Hoyt,  of  Troy,  N.  Y; 
Cvnthia,  b.  Sept.  30,  1805;  m.  Ezra  Eastman. 

1173.  iii.       Lois,  b.  Mar.  3,  1781;  d.  Dec.  31,1862. 

1174.  iv.        Hannah,  b.  Jan.  13,  1783;  m.  Apr.  26,  1808,  Abel  Connor,  b.  Nov. 

23,  1782.  He  was  often  in  public  life,  and  foremost  in  every 
good  work.  He  d.  Oct.  20,  1854.  She  d.  Nov.  23,  1828.  Ch.: 
Hannah,  b.  Jan.  18,  1809;  d.  Feb.  9,  1809;  John  T.,  b.  Dec.  9, 
1809;  d.  June  20, 1816;  Liva,  b.  June  26, 1811;  m.  Solomon  Heath, 
of  Bow;  Eliza,  b.  Apr.  25,1813;"  d.  Sept.  18,  1838;  Alexander  W., 
b.  Feb.  6,  1815;  m.  Harriet  Spofford;  Alvira,  b.  Jan.  8,  1817;  m. 
John  M.  Foss,  of  Hopkinton;  Eunice  C,  b.  Nov.  28,  1818;  m. 
G.  P.  Leach;  m.  DeWitt  Jones;  John  K.,  b.  June  6,  1820;  m. 
Mary  J.  Darling;  Hannah "C,  b.  Mar.  11,  1822;  m.  P.  C.  Flan- 
ders; Abel  D.  L.  F.,  b.  Apr.  16,  1824;  m.  Louisa  Bacon  and 
Lucy  S.  Goodell. 

1174X-V.         Sarah,  b.  Nov.  22,  1785;  m. Perry,  of  Newport,  and  had  one 

son,  Ruel  Fisher. 

1174>^.vi.  Phebe,  b.  1787;  m.  Thomas  M.  Davis;  a  gr.  dau.,  Mrs.  Lewis  Han- 
son, res.  West  Henniker,  N.  H. 

1175.  vii.      Alexander,  b.  Dec.  5,  1789;  m.  Lydia  Foster. 

1176.  viii.     Stephen,  b.  June  10,  1792;  m.  Sarah  Bailey. 

1177.  ix.       Cynthia,  b. ;  d.  Apr.  28,  1816. 

450.  Sergt.  Joshua  Whitney  (Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Apr.  26, 
1754;  m.  Nov.  12,  1777,  Betty  Wood.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  and 
was  at  one  time,  in  the  early  part  of  the  war,  a  member  of  the  company  commanded 
by  Capt.  Kimball,  of  Grafton,  Mass.  Moving  to  New  Hampshire,  he  enlisted,  Aug. 
6,  1778,  in  Capt.  Bowman's  company,  under  Gen.  Sullivan,  and  was  in  the  service  in 
Rhode  Island,  and  granted  a  pension,  Mar.  4,  1831,  for  having  been  a  soldier  in 
the  Mass.  line  of  the  Continental  Army.     He  d.  Feb.  2,  1835;  res.  Henniker,  N.  H. 

Samuel,  b.  June  17,  1779;  d.  July  6,  1779. 

Luther,  b.  July  25,  1780;  m.  Hannah  Gordon  and  Nabby  Wood. 

Levi,  b.  May  25,  1783;  d.  Oct.  16,  1785. 

Stephen,  b.  Oct.  15,  1785;  d.  May  24,  1789. 

John,  b.  July  23,  1787;  m.  Lucy  Chamberlain. 

Silas,  b.  Mar.  30,  1791;  m.  Sally  Butler. 

Betsey,  b.  June  12,  1794;  d.  unm. 

454.    Aaron  Whitney  (Elnathan,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Waltham,  Mass., 

July  15,  1734;  m.  Margaret ;  res.  Roxbury,  Uxbridge  (1762)  and  Upton  (1766), 


1205.  i.         Molly. 

1206.  ii.        Hannah,  b.  Uxbridge,  Sept.  28,  1760. 

1207.  iii.       Samuel,  b.  Uxbridge,  May  23,  1764. 

457.  Elnathan  Whitney  (Elnathan,  Eleazer,  Thomas.  John),  b.  Mar.  28,  1741, 
in  Waltham;  m.  in  Manchester,  Mass.,  Mar.,  1785,  Lucy  Allen;  b.  in  1751;  d.  Dec. 
29,  1829,  in  Goffstown,  N.  H. 

He  was  born  in  Waltham  and  during  the  Revolutionary  war  was  in  the  Newton, 















Mass.,  company,*  and  also  served  under  Capt.  Barnard  in  the  Watertown  company; 
subsequently  he  resided  in  Manchester,  Mass.  In  1789  he  moved  to  Goffstown. 
N.  H.,  where  he  purchased  a  farm  of  Gen.  John  Stark,  who  had  previously  purchased 
it  of  Abram  Outhout,  of  Albany,  N.  Y.     It  then  comprised  500  acres,  and  the  sum 

f)aid  for  it  was  ^255  lawful  money.     Mr.  Whitney  was  a  baker  by  trade,  but  he  never 
ollowed  it  after  moving  to  Goffstown.     He  d.  June  4,  ls20;  res.  Manchester,  Mass., 
and  Goffstown,  N.  H. 

1208.  i.  Betsey,    b.  Aug.  21,  1786;   m.  1810,  Joseph  Poore;    b.  Feb.  23, 

1787.  She  d.  Apr.  20,  1843;  res.  Goffstown  Centre,  N.  H.  He  d. 
Dec.  18,  1863.  Ch.:  George,  b.  1812;  m.  Phebe  Russell;  Mary 
L.,  b.l81o;  d.  June  6,  1818;  Harriett  J.,  b.  Apr.,  1818;  d.  Nov.  13, 
1843;  Joseph  J.,  b.  Mar.  11,  1820;  m.  Lucy  Whitney  Martin; 
Martha  Ann,  b.  Aug.  3,  1822;  d.  June  23,  1874.  A  gr.  son  is  Wm. 
H.  Poore  at  G.  C. 

1209.  ii.         Polly,  b. ;  m.  Caleb  Martin.     Ch.:  Lucy  W.,  b. ;  m. 

Joseph  J.  Poore;  Caleb  K.,  b. ;  res.  Jeffrey,  N.  H. 

1210.  iii.        Elnathan,  b.  Apr.  4,  1791;  m.  Lydia  Stickney. 

1211.  iv.        Lydia,  b.— ;  m.  Isaac  Flanders.     Ch.:  Gideon,  b. ;  res. 

Manchester,  N.  H. 

469.  Sergt.  Jacob  Whitney  (Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Roxbury,  Feb. 
24,  1737;  m.  Nov.  15,  1759,  Rachel  Whiting.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was 
sergt.  in  that  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Corey  from  Roxbury.  He  d.  Jan.  14, 
1803;  res.  West  Roxbury,  Mass. 

1212.  vi.        Moses,  b.  Jan.  2,  1775;  m.  Rebecca  Dunbar  and  Mrs.  Mary  P. 


1213.  i.  Pruden'CE,  b.  July  25,  1760;  m.  at  Roxbury,  Mass.,  Lewis  Jones, 

b.  1757;  d.  1830.  Ch.:  Hannah  Jones,  dec'd;  m.  Eliphaz  Clapp, 
dec'd;  3  ch.,  Lewis  C,  George  C,  Edwin  C,  all  dec'd;  Pru- 
dence Jones,  dec'd;  m.  John  Fowle,  dec'd;  6  ch.,  Henry  Fowle, 
Elizabeth  Fowle,  John  Fowle,  living;  Edwin  Fowle,  William 
Fowle,  William  Fowle,  last  two  dec'd;  Betsey  Jones  died, 
17  years  of  age. 

1214.  ii.        Reuben,  b.  Nov.  6, 1762.    In  1781  he  enlisted  in  Gen.  Knox  artillery, 

served  3  years  and  was  discharged.  He  was  born  in  Roxbury 
but  served  in  the  Newton  Co. 

1215.  iii.       Lemuel,  b.  Apr.  29,  1765. 

1216.  iv.        Jabez,  b.  Nov.  30,  1767. 

1217.  v.         Hannah,  b,  Apr.  8,  1772;  d.  July  14,  1789. 

472.  Ensign  Abner  Whitney  (Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Roxbury 
Mass.,  Nov.  17,  1744;  m. .  He  d.  Jan.  6,  1826;  res.  Roxbury,  Mass.,  and  Wind- 
sor Co.,  Vt. 

He  was  born  either  in  Newton  or  Roxbury,  probably  the  former  place.  When 
the  Revolutionary  war  broke  out  he  enlisted  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt. 
Wiswell,  raised  in  Newton,  and  was  at  once  promoted  to  sergeant.  Later  in  the  war 
he  was  serving  as  ensign  (or  second  lieutenant).  He  was  granted  a  pension  Apr.  13, 
1818,  and  at  that  time  he  was  residing  in  Wmdsor  Co.,  Vt.,  where  he  died  Jan.  6, 
1826,  ae.  81. 

Abraham,  b.  Apr.  25,  1779;  m.  Rebecca  Hudson. 

Isaac,  b.  ;  m. ;  and  res.  in  Elmore,  Vt.     Had  a  son 

David  who  had  sons,  Isaac  and  James,  and  res.  in  Elmore. 

Jacob,  b.  May  2,  1784;  m.  Lucy  Adams. 

Abner,  b.  July  19,  1780;  m.  Polly  White. 

Fanny,  b. ;  m. Messenger. 

Sally,  b. . 

475.  Isaiah  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Nov.  28, 
1735;  m.  there  prob.  in  17.57,  Persis  Randall,  b.  1746,  d.  July  5,  1812.  Isaiah  Whitney 
was  born  in  Harvard,  and  died  there. 

He  resided  on  the  farm  which  his  father  purchased  in  1722,  before  the  town  was 
incorporated.  There  were  in  Harvard  two  others  by  the  same  name  as  his;  one 
was  called  "one  thumb  Zaiah,"  because  he  had  but  one  thumb,  and  the  other  "  Pond 
Zaiah,"  because  he  lived  near  Bare  Hill  pond.     He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army, 

*8ee  Jackson's  History  of  Newton,  Mass.,  p.  270. 














in  the  company  from  Harvard,  commanded  by  Capt.  Davis.  On  the  rolls  in  the 
State  House  at  Boston  he  is  reported  dead.  His  gravestone  gives  his  age  as  88. 
His  will  having  been  probated  May  19, 1818,  mentions  son  Jonah;  gives  to  two  grand- 
children, Lois  Turner,  wife  of  James,  and  Amos  Whitney,  children  of  my  said  son 
Jonah,  sons  Isaiah  and  Cyrus,  dau.  Dorcas,  wife  Ezra  Barker.  Cyrus  Whitney,  exec. 
May  19,  1818.     He  d.  Feb.  28,  1817;  res.  Harvard  and  Stow,  Mass. 

1224.  i.         Jonah,  b.  June  19,  1768;  m.  Lois  Hill  and  Jane  Stone. 

1225.  ii.        Dorcas,  b.  Apr.  20,  1760;  m.  June  18,  1784,  Ezra  Barker,  of  Stod- 

dard, N.  H.;   they  res.  in   Littleton,  Mass.,  and  she  was  grand- 
'                                mother  of  Isaac's  wife,  son  of  Cyrus.     She  d.  1888.     They  had 
5  ch.:  Rebecca,  m. Hoar  of  Littleton,  Susan,  Lydia. 

1226.  iii.        Isaiah,  b.  Dec.  13,  1764;  m.  Dorcas  Whitman. 

1227.  iv.       Amos,  b.  Dec.  27, 1768;  m.  Rhoda  Cutler. 

1228.  V.         Cyrus,  b.  Aug.  17,  1771;  m.  Mary  Whitney. 

481.  Dea.  Israel  Whitney  (Elijah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  June 
22,  1751,  m.  there  May  14,  1772,  Hannah  Mead,  b.  1754,  d.  Aug.  14,  1788;  m.  2d  in  Bol- 
ton, Apr.  22,  1789,  Mrs.  Abigail  Puffer. 

He  was  born  on  his  father's  farm,  which  had  been  purchased  before  the  town  was 
incorporated.  He  enlisted  early  in  the  Revolutionary  war.  In  1778  he  was  a  mem- 
ber of  Capt.  Manasseh  Sawyer's  company  in  Col.  Josiah  Whitney's  regiment  which 
took  part  in  the  operations  in  Rhode  Island.  In  1775  he  was  corporal  of  Capt.  Isaac 
Gate's  company,  which  marched  to  the  Lexington  Alarm  April  19,  but  which  com- 
pany was  not  mustered  into  the  American  service.  In  1781  he  was  first  lieutenant 
in  Capt.  Thaddeus  Pollard's  company,  and  had  seen  active  service  most  of  the  time 
since  1775.  In  seating  the  meeting  house  in  1775  he  was  given  the  "  fore  seat  in  the 
side  gallery."  In  1795  he  was  chosen  one  of  the  deacons  of  the  church,  and  for  nearly 
twenty-five  years  filled  the  office,  but  to  the  horror  of  all  the  members  of  the  church 
Mar.  9,  1819,  having  adopted  the  views  of  the  Universalists,  he  was  dismissed.  He 
held  a  number  of  town  offices,  and  in  1786  was  selectman.  The  epitaph  on  his 
first  wife's  tombstone  reads  as  follows: 

"With  serious  joy  the  enlightened  soul 

Surveys  a  part,  admires  the  whole, 

Nor  always  silently  surveys, 

But  fir'd  with  gratitude  to  praise; 

In  holy  confidence  is  blest, 

And  calmly  waits  eternal  rest." 
He  made  his  will  Dec.  11,  1826.  It  was  probated  Feb.  6,  1827.  Capt.  Ephraim 
Warner  was  executor.  He  mentions  his  wife,  Abigail,  sons  and  daughters,  viz: 
Israel,  Oliver,  Hannah  Sawyer,  Rebecca  Fairbank,  Lydia  Sprague,  Betsey  Fairbank, 
Arathena  Farwell  and  Neoma  Sawyer  and  Luther  Whitney.  He  d.  Feb.,  1827;  res. 
Harvard,  Mass. 

1229.  i.         Hannah,  b.  Apr.  28,  1773;  m.  May  17, 1791,  Phinehas  Sawyer.     He 

was  of  Harvard,  where  he  was  born  May  33,  1768;  d.  Jan.  14, 
1820.  Ch.:  Hannah,  b.  Mar.  18, 1792;  m.  E.  Davis,  and  d.  Aug. 
9,  1817;  Eusebia,  b.  Oct.  9,  1793;  m.  July  3,  1817,  James  Hickman, 
and  d.  Sept.  4,  1857;  Sarah,  b.  Feb.6, 1795;d.  unm.  Sept. 23, 1883; 
Sophia,  b.  June  19,  1797  ;  m.  Apr.  7,  1816,  William  Brigham,  and 
d.  Feb.  7,1884;  Alfred  Ira,  b.Oct.  6, 1799;  m.  Sept.  22, 1829,  Nancy 
Davis,  and  d.  Aug.  1,  1849;  Eliza,  b.  May  28,  1802;  m.  May  15, 
1839,  Roswell  Douglass,  and  d.  July  1,  1860;  Mary,  b.  Sept.  30, 
1804;  m.  Apr.  25, 1830,  Rev.  Aaron  D.Sargent, and  d.  Jan.4, 1885; 
Arethusa,  b.  May  8,1806;  m.  Jan.  1,  1849,  Rev.  James  W.  Mowry, 
and  died  in  1882;  Zenas,  b.  Dec.  25,  1808;  m.  Nov.  13,  1837, 
Sophronia  Brackett,  and  d.  Feb.  20, 1856;  Wesley,  b.  Feb.  2, 1810; 
m.  Sept.  24,  1835,  Mary  M.  C.  Patten,  and  d.  Feb.  6,  1878;  Fran- 
cis Asbury,  b.  Nov.  11,  1812;  m.  May  7,  1843,  Martha  Sawyer, 
and  d.  June  16,  1881;  Edmund,  b.  Aug.  31,  1815;  d.  Mar.  21, 1816; 
Jonathan,  b.  Marlboro,  Mass.,  June  17,  1817;  m.  June  25,  1839, 
Martha  Perkins,  of  Barnard,  Vt,  and  d.  June  20,  1891.  She  was 
born  Mayl7,  1816.  Jonathan  Sawyer,the  head  of  the  famous  Saw- 
yer Woolen  Mills,  of  Dover,  N.  H.,  died  suddenly  from  paraly- 
sis, 1891.  In  his  death  the  manufacture  has  lost  one  of  its  vet- 
erans, who  will  stand  among  the  comparatively  small  circle  of 
those  whose  names  will  be  permanently  entered  in  the  annals  of 




the  industry,  as  having  contributed  to  advance  it  to  its  present 
high  estate  in  this  country.  Jonathan  Sawyer  was  born  at  Marl- 
borough, Mass.,  June  7,  1817.  He  attended  school  at  Lowell, 
Mass.,  where  he  was  a  member  of  the  first  class  that  entered  the 
high  school  of  that  city,  of  which  Bishop  T.  M.  Clark,  of  Rhode 
Island,  was  then  principal. 

Illness  compelled  Air.  Sawyer  to  leave  school  at  the  age  of 
16,  and  he  went  to  Dover,  N.  H.,to  reside  with  his  brother,  Alfred 
Ira  Sawyer.  This  brother,  after  serving  an  apprenticeship  as  a 
dyer  at  Amesbury,  Mass.,  and  Great  Falls,  N.  H.,  had  moved  to 
Dover  in  1823,  and  established  a  small  factory  for  the  manufac- 
ture of  woolen  yarns  on  the  banks  of  the  Bellamy  river.  This 
was  the  beginning  of  the  great  manufacturing  establishment 
which  has  made  the  name  of  the  Sawyers  familiar  throughout 
the  United  States.  As  first  operated,  the  mill  was  a  grist  mill,  a 
custom  carding  and  cloth-dressing  mill — the  combination  of 
industries  very  common  at  that  period,  in  which  the  great  woolen 
manufacture  of  to-day  had  its  genesis.  The  mill  was  enlarged 
and  converted  into  a  flannel  mill  in  1832.  Jonathan  Sawyer 
remained  two  years  in  Dover,  attending  school  and  working  in 
his  brother's  mill.  In  the  fall  of  1835  he  returned  to  Lowell, 
where  his  mother  then  resided,  and  afterward  attended  for  a 
short  time  the  Methodist  school  at  Wilbraham.  When  19  years 
old,  he  went  to  work  in  a  woolen  establishment  at  Lowell  as  a 
dyer.  After  a  brief  apprenticeship,  he  began  the  dyeing  busi- 
ness on  his  own  account,  continuing  it  until  1839.  In  that  year 
he  was  married  to  Miss  Martha  Perkins,  of  Barnet,  Yt.,  and 
immediately  went  to  Watertown,  N.  Y.,  where  he  served  two 
years  and  a  half  as  the  superintendent  of  the  Hamilton  Woolen 
Company.  Mr.  Sawyer  subsequently  established  a  mill  for  the 
manufacture  of  satinets,  in  Watertown,  which  he  operated  until 
1849.  In  that  year  his  brother,  Alfred  I.  Sawyer,  the  founder  of 
the  Dover  mill,  died,  leaving  children  who  were  too  young  to 
carry  on  the  business  of  manufacturing.  Jonathan  Sawyer  there- 
upon removed  from  Watertown  to  Dover,  and  in  company  with 
his  brother  Zenas  continued  the  manufacture  of  flannels  under 
the  firm  name  of  Z.  &  J.  Sawyer.  Two  years  later  Zenas  Sawyer 
retired  from  the  business,  and  was  succeeded  by  another  brother, 
Francis  A.  Sawyer,  who  had  been  a  prominent  builder  in  Bos- 
ton. The  firm,  of  F.  A.  &  J.  Sawyer  was  then  formed,  and  this 
firm  still  continues  in  existence  as  the  selling  agent  of  the  com- 
pany's product.  They  continued  the  manufacture  of  flannels  in 
a  wooden  mill,  which  stood  upon  the  site  of  the  brick  structures 
now  occupied  by  the  Sawyer  Woolen  Company.  In  1858  the 
property  lower  down  the  river,  now  known  as  the  lower  mill, 
then  called  the  Moses  mill,  and  also  operated  as  a  flannel  mill, 
was  purchased  by  the  firm.  In  1860  this  mill  was  enlarged  to  a 
four  set  mill,  in  1863  to  eight  sets, and  in  1882  to  sixteen  sets,  with 
new  machinery  throughout.  The  old  woolen  mill,  wherein  were 
laid  the  foundations  of  this  splendid  enterprise,had  been  erected 
in  1832,  and  continued  to  be  operated  until  1872,  when  it  was 
replaced  by  the  present  substantial  structure,  containing  eighteen 
sets  of  cards,  with  preparing  and  finishing  machinery  for  thirty- 
seven  sets,  as  well  as  a  new  outfit  of  three  sets  for  worsted 
manufacture,  recently  added.  In  1873  the  present  company  was 
incorporated  under  the  name  of  the  Sawyer  Woolen  Mills,  and 
its  first  officers  were  Francis  A.  Sawyer,  president;  Jonathan  Saw- 
yer, treasurer,  and  Charles  H.  Sawyer,  agent. 

Until  1832  only  yarns  had  been  produced  in  the  Sawyer 
mill,  the  spinning  and  weaving  being  done  at  the  neighboring 
farmhouses.  When  the  manufacture  of  flannels  was  begun  in 
that  year,  the  factory  system  was  completely  established  in  the 
mill,  and  the  subsequent  increase  in  the  plant  and  in  the  quan- 
tity and  quality  of  its  products  was  largely  due  to  the  enterpris- 
ing inspiration  of  Jonathan  Sawyer.     The  Sawyer  Woolen  Mills 


is  justly  regarded  throughout  the  United  States  as  one  of  the 
best  types  of  a  great  manufacture.  It  is  the  center  of  an  intel- 
ligent, thrifty,  contented  community,  made  up  for  the  most  part 
of  families  living  happily  in  their  own  homes,  and  reflecting  in 
their  lives  the  influence  which  may  be  exerted  upon  the 
employes  by  men  who  regard  the  welfare  of  their  help  as  closely 
as  they  watch  the  internal  management  of  their  mills.  Mr.  Saw- 
yer was  a  humanitarian  as  well  as  a  manufacturer,  and  his  chari- 
ties, while  they  were  always  unobtrusive,  were  as  much  a  part 
of  his  life  as  his  business.  Shrinking  from  publicity  as  he  always 
did,  hiding  his  good  deeds  from  the  knowledge  of  the  world,  the 
example  of  his  life  was  an  ennobling  influence  in  the  community, 
and  is  the  most  precious  of  his  legacies  to  family  and  friends. 
The  unmarred  reputation  for  strictest  integrity  which  he  has 
won,  his  far-seeing  and  far-reaching  enterprise  have  enabled  the 
corporation  to  pass  prosperously  through  the  financial  depres- 
sions and  panics  which  so  many  times  have  swept  over  the 
country  during  his  long  career.  He  has  been  a  great  lover  of 
his  home,  where  his  fine  tastes  had  full  sway.  When  free  from 
business,  he  was  always  there.  He  loved  books,  and  his  conver- 
sation showed  an  unusual  breadth  of  reading  in  science,  history 
and  politics.  He  was  possessed  of  a  strong,  clear  intellect,  a 
calm,  dispassionate  judgment,  and  sympathies  which  always 
brought  him  to  the  side  of  the  weak  and  the  suffering;  and  no  one 
ever  went  to  him  for  assistance  and  came  away  empty-handed. 

He  was  the  father  of  ex-Governor  Chas.  H.  Sawyer,  Mary 
Elizabeth  Sawyer,  Francis  Asbury  Sawyer  (who  died  two  years 
ago  in  Boston),  Roswell  Douglass  Sawyer,  the  artist  of  New 
York  city,  Martha  Frances,  wife  of  W.  S.  Bradley  of  Dover, 
Alice  May  Sawyer,  and  Frederic  Jonathan  Sawyer.  Ch.:  Charles 
Henry,  b.  Mar,  30,  1840;  m.  Susan  Ellen  Cowan,  Feb.  8,  1865; 
address,  Dover,  N.  H.  Charles  H.  Sawyer  is  a  lineal  descend- 
ant of  Thomas  Sawyer,  who  settled  in  1647  at  Lancaster,  Mass., 
where,  in  1708,  he  {or  possibly  a  son  of  his  bearing  the  same 
name)  was  captured  by  the  Indians  and  taken  to  Canada,  and 
purchased  his  deliverance  and  that  of  several  fellow-captives, 
by  building  for  the  French  governor  a  saw  mill;  the  first,  it 
is  said,  in  that  region  of  country. 

Phineas,  the  great-great-grandson  of  Thomas,  and  the 
grandfather  of  Charles  H.  Sawyer,  bought  in  Marlborough, 
Mass.,  a  century  later,  a  water  privilege  and  mills,  to  which  he 
afterward  added  a  cotton  factory,  a  difficult  and  hazardous 
undertaking  at  that  early  day.  He  operated  it  for  some  years, 
about  the  time  of  the  last  war  with  England,  but  probably  with 
more  public  spirit  than  private  advantage,  and  died  in  1820, 
leaving  a  widow  and  twelve  children. 

Charles  H.  was  born  in  Watertown,  N.  Y.  At  the  age  of  10 
he  was  taken  by  his  father  to  Dover,  N.  H.,  and  acquired  the 
basis  of  his  education  in  the  excellent  public  schools  of  that 
place.  When  he  became  17  his  father,  who  designed  him  for 
the  hereditary  calling  of  manufacturing,  placed  him  in  the  flan- 
nel mill  as  an  ordinary  hand,  to  enable  him  to  form  a  practical 
acquaintance  with  the  various  and  complicated  processes 
required  to  transform  the  rough  fleece  into  the  finished  fabric. 
Here  he  supplemented  his  book  education  by  the  education  of 
work,  observation,  and  experience.  Step  by  step  he  rose  to  the 
higher  grades  of  employment,  mastering  every  detail  of  the  busi- 
ness as  he  went,  until  at  the  age  of  26  he  was  appointed  super- 
intendent of  the  establishment.  Meantime,  the  proprietors  of 
the  mills  hadgreatly  extended  their  operations  and  had  adapted 
the  machinery  to  the  manufacture  of  fine  cassimere  cloths  and 
suitings.  In  1873  they  were  incorporated  by  the  name  of  the 
Sawyer  Woolen  Mills,  and  Col.  Sawyer  became  apart  owner  and 
agent;  and  in  1881,  on  the  death  of  his  uncle,  Francis  A.  Sawyer, 
the  senior  proprietor,  he  was  chosen  the  president. 




The  Sawyer  Woolen  Mills  Corporation  is  now  a  large 
and  prosperous  concern,  employing  somewhere  about  five 
hundred  operatives,  and  turning  out  a  quality  of  cloth  which 
has  acquired  a  high  reputation  in  the  market  for  beauty, 
durability,  and  uniform  excellence  of  workmanship.  None  but 
the  best  materials  are  used,  and  the  best  class  of  help  is  em- 
ployed. "  Live  and  let  live  "  is  the  motto  of  the  managers.  The 
employes  have  mainly  grown  up  with  the  business,  the  changes 
having  been  very  few;  a  great  part  of  them  have  been  in  the 
employ  of  the  concern  for  twenty  years  or  more.  They  are  paid 
liberal  wages,  and  are  comfortable  and  independent.  They  are 
large  depositors  in  the  savings  banks,  and  many  of  them  own 
their  own  houses,  purchased  with  their  earnings.  As  may  be 
inferred,  they  are,  as  a  body,  temperate,  industrious  and  orderly. 
They  feel  that  their  interests  are  identified  with  those  of  their 
employers,  and  no  strikes  or  other  labor  troubles  have  ever  dis- 
turbed the  harmonious  relations  between  them. 

The  Sawyer  Woolen  Mills  have  introduced  one  new  feature 
into  their  business  which  commends  itself  to  the  good  sense  of 
all.  Instead  of  employing  commission  houses  to  dispose  of 
their  goods,  as  the  former  practice  was,  they  now  make  their  own 
sales.  They  thus  reduce  the  chances  of  loss  to  the  minimum; 
and,  there  being  no  middleman's  profit  to  pay,  they  can  better 
afford  employment  to  their  hands  in  times  of  depression.  For  a 
number  of  years  past  the  active  management  of  the  entire  busi- 
ness— buying,  manufacturing,  and  selling— has  fallen  upon  Col. 
Sawyer,  and  it  has  been  so  conducted  that  the  credit  of  no  other 
establishment  stands  higher.  As  a  business  man,  alert,  sagacious 
and  successful,  the  Colonel  has  no  superior  in  the  state,  and  that 
is  saying  a  great  deal  at  this  day,  when  the  brightest  of  the  New 
Hampshire  boysare  finding  employment  at  home.  The  sterling 
business  qualities  which  Col.  Sawyer  displayed  in  the  conduct 
of  his  own  affairs  have  naturally  led  to  his  being  selected  upon 
the  board  of  management  of  other  enterprises.  He  is  a  director 
of  the  Strafford  National  Bank,  and  a  trustee  of  the  Strafford 
Savings  Bank;  a  director  of  the  Dover  Gas-light  Company,  and 
president  of  the  Dover  Horse  Railroad  Company;  a  director  and 
member  of  the  executive  board  of  the  Granite  State  Insurance 
Company;  a  director  of  the  Portsmouth  Bridge  Company  and 
president  of  the  Eliot  Bridge  Company,  and  a  director  in  the 
Portsmouth  and  Dover,  in  the  Portsmouth,  Great  Falls  and  Con- 
way, and  in  the  Wolfeborough  branch  railroads.  These  various 
and  important  trusts,  numerous  as  they  and  his  private  engage- 
ments are,  receive  his  careful  attention;  and  it  is  safe  to  say  that 
the  opinion  of  no  one  concerned  in  their  administration  carries 
more  weight  than  his.  Col.  Sawyer  has  too  great  an  interest  in 
public  affairs  to  be  without  decided  political  convictions.  He 
cast  his  earliest  vote  for  Abraham  Lincoln,  and  has  ever  since 
been  unswerving  in  his  allegiance  to  the  Republican  party.  His 
experience  in  the  service  of  the  public  has  not  been  inconsider- 
able. After  having  served  with  credit  in  both  branches  of  the 
city  council  of  Dover,  he  was  chosen  a  representative  in  the 
State  Legislature  in  the  years  1869  and  1870,  and  again  in  1876 
and  1877.  His  ability  and  standing  in  that  body  are  indicated 
by  the  fact  of  his  assignment  to  the  important  committees  on  the 
judiciary,  railroads,  manufactures  and  national  affairs.  His  last 
political  service  was  that  of  delegate  at  large  to  the  National 
Republican  Convention  at  Chicago,  in  1884.  The  military  title 
by  which  he  is  known.  Col.  Sawyer  derived  from  his  appoint- 
ment upon  the  staff  of  the  Governor  of  the  State  in  1881.  It  is 
the  barest  justice  to  him  to  add  that  he  is  no  office-seeker. 
Modest  and  unassuming  in  a  remarkable  degree,  the  public 
positioYis  he  has  held  have  come  to  him  through  no  longing  or 
efforts  of  his  own;  in  his  case  it  is  emphatically  true  that  "  the 
office  has  always  sought  the  man." 


Col.  Sawyer  is  a  member  of  the  Congregational  Society  in 
Dover,  and    a  liberal  contributor  to  its  support,  as  well  as  to 
every  worthy  object  of  charity  and  scheme  of  benevolence  that 
is  brought  to  his  notice  from  whatever  quarter.     Though  his 
manner  is  reserved,  his  heart  is  warm  and  his  sympathies  are 
quick  and  wide;  and  his  generosity  and  helpfulness  in  a  good 
cause  are  not  limited  by  place  or  creed  or  nationality.     He  is  a 
consistent  temperance  man,  and  a  firm  upholder  of  the  prohib- 
itory law.     Every  work  lor  the  improvement  of  the  city  or  the 
public  benefit  finds  in  him  a  hearty  supporter,  grudging  neither 
money  nor  more  valuable  personal  effort  to  promote  its  advance- 
ment.    For  years  he  has  been  a  zealous  member  of  the  Masonic 
fraternity.     He  was  twice  elected  to  the  chair  of  the  Strafford 
Lodge  of  Free  and  Accepted  Masons,  and  for  the  past  seven 
years  he  has  been  the  Eminent    Commander  of  the   St.  Paul 
Commandery  of  Knights  Templar.     Though  so  diligent  a  man  ' 
of  affairs,  Col.  Sawyer  finds  the  time  for  mental  cultivation.  His 
library  contains  the  best  books  of  solid  value,  and  he  has  made 
himself  acquainted  with  their  contents.     On  all  subjects  of  pub- 
lic   interest    and    practical    importance  he    keeps  thoroughly 
informed,  and  has  well-considered  opinions.     Naturally  some- 
what reticent,  he  never  obtrudes  his  views;  but  when  they  are 
sought  for,  they  are  found  to  go  straight  to  the  mark,  and  to 
have  behind  them  all  the  force  of  rare  sagacity  and   careful 
thought.     He  makes  no  pretentions  to  oratory,  yet  orators  might 
well  envy  the  impression  which  his  plain,  convincing  statements 
command.     In  the  recent  panic  caused  by  the  withdrawal  from 
the  state  of  foreign  insurance  companies,  it  was  mainly  Col. 
Sawyer's  calm  and  clear  demonstration  of  the  feasibility  of  a 
manufacturers*  mutual  system  of  home  insurance  that  quieted 
the  needless  feelings  of  alarm.     It  has  been  truly  remarked  of 
Col.    Sawyer  that  "Nature  made  him  on  a  large  scale."     His 
great  interests  he  wields  easily,  and  carries  his  broad  responsi- 
bilities without  fatigue.     His  remarkable  executive  ability  never 
seems  to  be  taxed  to  its  full  capacity;  there  is  always  an  appear- 
ance of  reserve  strength  beyond.     He  has  a  large  way  of  esti- 
mating men  and  things.     No  petty  prejudices  obscure  the  clear- 
ness of  his  vision  or  weaken  the  soundness  of  his  judgment.  He 
has  the  courage  of  his  convictions,  and  does  not  shrink  from 
telling  an  unpalatable  truth  when  necessary;  but  he  has  the  rare 
faculty   of  giving  no  needless  offense.     In  the  wide  round  of 
his  occupations  he  must  needs  have  caused  some  disappoint- 
ments, but  his  character  for  justice  and  square  dealing  is  so  uni- 
versally understood  that  censure  finds  no  vulnerable  spot  to  fas- 
ten on.     Few  prominent  men  are  so  free  from  enemies.    The 
imperturbable  poise  of  character  which  Col.  Sawyer  exhibits  is 
one  of  his  distinguishing  features.     Nothing  throws  him  off  his 
balance.      He  keeps   entire    control  of  his  temper;  he  allows 
neither  success  to  elate  him,  nor  failure  to  depress  him.    As  the 
western  people  say,  he  is  "a  man  to  tie  to."    This  is  the  result 
of  natural  equanimity,  supplemented  by  careful  self-discipline. 
His  powers  are  so  cultivated  that  they  are  evenlv  developed; 
his  character  is  matured,  well-rounded  and  symmetrical.    More- 
over, he  is,  in  the  expressive  phrase  of  the  day,  a  "  clean  "  man. 
His  life  has  not  been  soiled  by  any  mean  or  sordid  action.    Amidst 
many  temptations  to  self-indulgence,  he  has  preserved  himself 
pure  and  unspoiled.  In  the  several  relations  of  son  and  husband 
and  father,  of  friend  and  of  citizen,  he  has  been  faithful  and  true 
to  his  duty.     At  twenty-five  years  of  age  he  married  Susan  E., 
daughter  of  Dr.  James  W.  Cowan.    Their  home  is  on  the  bank 
of  the  stream  whose  waters  turn  the  wheels  of   Sawyer's  mills. 
It  is  the  unostentatious  abode  of  genuine  comfort  and  refine- 
ment.    It  is  there  that  Col.  Sawyer  finds,  in  the  society  of  his 
wife  and  children,  rest  from  the  cares  of  his  business,  and  the 
truest  enjoyment  of  his  life. 


For  several  years  past  those  who  knew  Col.  Sawyer  best 
felt  that  he  was  destined  ere  long  to  fill  the  chief  executive 
office  in  the  gift  of  the  people  of  New  Hampshire;  and  when,  a 
few  months  since,  his  name  was  publicly  mentioned  for  the 
gubernatorial  nomination  by  the  Republican  party,  it  was 
received  with  enthusiasm  by  people  in  all  parts  of  the  state. 
The  convention,  when  assembled,  ratified  what  appeared  to  be 
the  popular  voice,  and  nominated  him  as  their  candidate  for  the 
governorship  by  a  vote  of  nearly  three-fourths  of  their  whole 
number.  Gratifying  to  the  nominee  as  this  spontaneous  mark 
of  the  confidence  of  his  party  must  have  been,  his  reception 
by  the  people  of  his  city,  without  distinction  of  party,  must  have 
been  even  more  so.  He  was  met  on  his  return  from  the  con- 
vention to  Dover  by  a  great  procession,  civic  and  military,  of 
men  of  all  opinions  and  callings,  and  escorted  to  his  home  amid 
cheers  and  music  and  illuminations  all  along  the  way.  It  was 
an  ovation  that  testified  more  eloquently  than  words  to  the  high 
estimation  in  which  his  character  is  held  by  his  neighbors  and 
townsmen.  Governor  of  New  Hampshire  1887-8-9.  Col.  Sawyer 
is  yet  in  his  prime.  It  is  probable  that  one-half  of  his  adult  life 
is  still  before  him.  The  qualities  that  have  already  made  him 
one  of  our  foremost  men  will  guide  and  govern  him  throughout 
the  remainder  of  his  career.  And  all  that  he  has  thus  far  accom- 
plished is  not  unlikely  to  prove  but  the  vestibule  to  the  noble 
edifice  of  his  completed  life.  Ch.:  Mary  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  28, 
1842,  Dover,  N.  H.;  Francis  Asburv,  b.  Mar.  5, 1845;  m.  Sept.  10, 
1884,  Emma  K.  Smith;  he  d.  Dec.  23,  1889;  Roswell  Douglass,  b. 
Mar.  14,  1848;  m.  Edwina  Dean  Lowe  of  St.  Louis,  Sept.  18,  1879; 
address,  Paris,  France,  care  of  John  Munroe  &  Co.,  bankers; 
Martha  Frances,  b.  Mar  3,  1851;  m.  W.  S.  Bradley  of  Fairfield, 
Vt.,  Sept.  10,  1878;  address,  Dover,  N.  H.;  Alice  May,  b.  July  24, 
1853;  m.  Frederic  W.  Payne  of  Boston,  Jan.  29,  1894;  address, 
Boston,  Mass.;  Frederic  Jonathan,  b.  May  27,  1860;  m.  Isabella 
Dootson,  Aug.  19,  1881;  address,  Dover,  N.  H. 

1230.  ii.         Israel,  b.  Apr.  13,  1775;  m.  Phoebe  Jennison. 

1231.  iii.        Rebecca,  b.  Apr.  13,  1777;  m.  Apr.  26,  1795,  Amos  Fairbanks,  jr., 

of   Harvard,  b.   Sept.  5,  1769.     Ch.:  Horace,  b.  Oct.  16,   1795; 
Amos,  b.  Nov.  27,  1799;  Clark,  b.  Feb.  13,  1802. 

1232.  iv.        Lydia,  b.  May  25,  1779;  m.  Jan.  18,  1798,  Samuel  Sprague,  of  H., 
Nathan  Sprague,  Leominster. 

Betsey,  b.  May  24, 1782;  m.  June  7, 1803,  Joseph  Fairbanks,  of  H. 

Arathusa,  b.  Dec.  12,  1783;  m.  Farwell. 

AMOs,b.  1791;  d.  Sept.  12,  1794. 

Oliver,  b.  May  16,  1786;  m.  Mercy  Whitcomb. 

Luther,  b.  Feb.  5,  1790;  m.  Melinda  Wetherbee. 

Luke,  b.  Feb.  8,  1793;  d.  May  2,  1795. 

Nao.mi,  b.  Apr.  28,  1797;  m.  June  17,  1817,  James  Sawyer. 

487.  John  Whitney  (Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Oct.  3, 1746; 
m.  at  Bolton,  Jan.  9,  1771,  Sarah  Atherton. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard,  where  he  resided  until  a  young  man,  when  he  moved 
to  Bolton,  where  he  was  married.  When  the  Revolutionary  war  broke  out  he 
enlisted  in  a  Bolton  company  as  per  agreement: 

We  the  subscribers  belonging  to  Bolton  in  the  County  of  Worcester  do  promise 
to  pay  unto  John  Whitney  of  Harvard  in  said  county  or  order  in  consideration  of  his 
engaging  into  the  Continental  service  for  three  years  for  us,  18  calves,  10  whereof 
are  to  be  heifers,  and  8  steers  to  be  delivered  to  him  within  six  weeks  after  his  dis- 
charge from  the  Continental  service  (provided  it  be  within  3  years)  viz.  if  he  be 
discharged  in  one  year  from  date  he  is  to  receive  said  stock  at  one  year  and  six 
weeks  old  and  so  for  a  longer  or  shorter  time  according  to  the  same  rule. 

N.  B. — Said  stock  is  to  be  six  weeks  older  when  he  receives  them  than  the  time 
he  is  in  the  service,  provided  it  be  no  longer  than  three  years.  Said  stock  to  be  of 
the  middling  size.    [Nurses  Annals  of  Lancaster,  Mass.] 

In  1781  he  was  of  Bolton  and  in  the  regiment  commanded  by  Col.  Josiah  Whit- 
ney, of  Harvard.    His  brother,  Isaiah  Whitney,  was  admr.  of  the  estate  of  John 
































Whitney,  of  Bolton.  June  23, 1804,  all  the  heirs  are  satisfied  and  sign  as  follows,  viz.: 
Sarah  Whitney,  John  Whitney,  Milley  Whitney,  Caleb  Moore,  Ashsa  Moore,  Thomas 
Houghton  and  Aseneth  Houghton.  Caleb  Moore  was  appointed  guardian  to  Arte- 
mas  Whitney,  Eber,  Sarah  and  Hannah,  July  3,  1804.  He  d.  May,  1802;  res.  Tops- 
field  and  Bolton,  Mass. 

John,  b.  Apr.  13,  1780;  m.  Mary  Mundy. 

Heber,  b.  Jan.  14,  1782. 

Aseneth,  b.  Feb.  16,  1784;  m.  Sept.  10,  1803,  Thomas  Houghton. 

Artemas,  b.  May  25,  1790. 

Achsah,  b. ;  m.  Nov.  24,  1796,  Caleb  Moore. 

Milley,  b. ;  d.  unm.  1804. 

Isaiah,  b. ;  m.  Sarah . 

Sally,  b. ;  m.  Mar.  22,  1816,  Millard  Atberton,  of  Goffs- 

town,  N.  H.  She  d.  1830.  He  d.  Sept.  7,  1871;  was  a  harness- 
maker.  Ch.:  Franklin  Atherton,  deed.;  William,  res.  Green- 
field, N.  H.;  Charles  A.,  d.  Manchester,  N.  H.,  Aug.  20,  1892; 
Alonzo,  b.  Goffstown,  N.  H.,  Apr.  7,  1827;  res.  3  So.  State,  Con- 
cord, N.  H.;  Mrs.  Sarah  Slocker,  Saugus,  Mass.,  her  home  now; 
Mrs.  Lucinda  Hall,  lives  at  East  Saugus,  Mass.;  Mrs.  Elizabeth 
Horn,  deed. 

1248.     ix.        Hannah,  b. ;  m.  July  13,  1823,  Jacob  Whitney,  of  Harvard, 


488.  Abraham  Whitney  (Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Dec. 
20,  1748;  m.  in  Bolton,  Feb.  28,  1776,  Rebecca  Dudley,  of  Acton.  She  d.  in  Harvard, 
ae.  82. 

Abraham  Whitney,  Jr.,  was  born  in  Harvard,  Mass.,  where  he  always  resided. 
He  was  educated  for  the  ministry,  but  subsequently  followed  an  agricultural  life, 
remarking  that  he  was  not  good  enough  to  be  a  minister.  He  was  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary army,  in  a  Worcester  Co.  company.  He  was  puritanic  in  all  his  tastes  and 
was  through  life  a  thoroughly  good  man,  highly  esteemed  and  respected  by  all.  He 
d.  in  Harvard  abt.  1831;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

Abraham,  b.  Mar.  3,  1777;  d.  Oct.  18,  1778. 
Abraha.m,  b.  Nov.  29,  1779;  m.  Alice  Houghton. 
JosiAH,  b.  Aug.  18,  1781;  m.  Sally  Puffer. 
John,  b.  July  31, 1783;  m.  Sally  Stowe. 
Samuel,  b.  May  28, 1785;  unm.  Jan.  27,  1840. 
Simeon  H.,  b.  Mar.  20,  1787;  m.  Nancy  Barnard. 
Rebecca, b.  Oct.  13,  1789;  m.  Sept.  30',  1811,  Joel  Bowers.   He  was 
b.  Feb.  5,  1789;  d.  Mar.  6,   1851;  was  a  farmer.     Ch.:  Mary  D., 

b.  Apr.  31,  1814;  ni. Taylor;  res.  Boxboro,  Mass.;  Cephas 

H.,  b.  Oct.  23,  1816;  res.  Still  River,  Mass.;  Rebecca  H.,  b.  Jan. 
18,  1825;  m. Houghton;  res.  Bolton,  Mass. 

1256.  viii.     Sarah, b.  Feb.  11,  1797;  m.  June  24,  1819,  Cephas  Houghton.     He 

was  b.  Feb.  11,  1792;  d.  Aug.  18,  1881.  Was  a  farmer.  Ch.: 
Sarah  E.,  b.  Mar.  24,  1820;  d.  Mar.  20,  1860;  Geo.  N.,  b.  Oct.  23, 
1824;  m.  1847;  d.  Oct.  23,  1893,  in  Leominster,  Mass.;  Edward 
W.,  b.  Mar.  22,  1829;  m.  1856;  res.  Still  River,  Mass.;  Elsie  A., 
b.  Apr.  19,  1831;  m.  G.  B.  Grassie;  res.  Bolton,  Mass.;  John  C, 
b.  Dec.  26, 1836;  m.  May  Smith;  res.  Still  River,  Mass. 

1257.  ix.        Mary,  b.  Jan.  17-,  1800;  d.  unm. 

1258.  X.         Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  22,  1802;  d.  unm. 

1259.  xi.        Joseph,  b.  Jan.  6, 1795;  d.  May.  16,  1799. 

1260.  xii.      Abel,  b.  Oct.  20, 1791;  d.  Dec.  2,  1799. 
1260a.  xiii.     Lydia,  b. . 

489.  Isaiah   Whitney  (Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Oct.  6,. 

1751;  m.  Sarah .     He  was  administrator  of  his  brother  John's  estate  and  was  a 

farmer.     He  d.  Mar.  1835;  res.  Saugus  and  Bolton,  Mass. 

1261.  i.  Sarah,  b.  Oct.  8,  1799;  m.  May  23,  1823,  George  Sawyer,  b.  Bol- 

ton, Mass.,  Jan.  25,  1800,  d.  Epping,  N.  H.,  Aug.  2,  1876.  He 
was  a  baker.  She  d.  1836.  Ch.:  Lucy  Permelia  Whitney,  b.  Jan. 
30, 1826,  m.  Sept.  14, 1856,  Alonzo  Atherton  of  Goffstown,  N.  H.,  res. 
3  So.  State  St..  Concord,  N.  H.  (see);  Susannah  Newell  Whitney,, 
b.  Nov.  28,  1827,  m.  Oct.  15,  1851,  Albert  W.  Gale,  res.  Haverhill, 
Mass.;  Nathan  Corey,  b.  Feb.  28,  1829.  d.  Aug.  29,  1829;  Eunice 






























Corey,  b.  Sept.  29,  1830,  m.  1850,  David  G.  Young  of  Deerfield, 
N.  H.,  d.  Apr.  15,  1864;  Isaiah  Whitney,  b.  Jan.  25, 1833,  m.  1855, 
Lucy  Leavitt,  d.  Mar.  25,  1864,  and  left  three  chs.:  Chas.  Ather- 
ton  Sawyer  of  East  Boston,  Mass.,  Isaiah  Whitney  Sawyer  of 
Maiden,  Mass.,  and  Wm.  P.  Sawyer  of  Boston,  Mass. 

1262.  ii.         Lucy,  b.  ;  m.  John  Knight  of  Lynn,  Mass.    They  res.  in 

Bolton,  Mass.,  and  had  one  daughter  who  died  in  Medford, 
Mass.,  Mar.  10,  1878. 

1263.  iii.       John,  b. ;  m.  Sirene  Shattuck,  b.  Sept.  2,  1807,  and  d.  in 

Bolton  Sept.  25,  1863.    She  d.  Mar.  16,  1838,  and  left  one  ch. 

490.     Elijah  W^hitney  (Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Feb.  15, 
1754;  m.  in  Bolton,  Apr.  14,  1772,  Sarah  Stearnes;  b.  1753,  Bolton;  d.  there  Oct.  1812. 
He  was  born  in  Harvard,  was  a  farmer.   In  1779  he  purchased  a  farm  and  settled 
in  Bolton,  where  his  wife  died.     He  died  in  Lancaster.    He  d.  Jan.  17, 1834;  res.  Bol- 
ton and  Lancaster,  Mass. 

Elijah,  b.  July  17,  1772;  d.bef.  1781. 

Sarah,  b.  July  13,  1774;  m.  Dec.  15,  1797,  James  Townsend,  Jr.,  of 

Bolton.     Ch.:  James,  Sarah,  Lyman  and  Hannah. 
Dinah,  b.  Sept.  23, 1776;  m.  Nov. 27, 1800,  Benjamin  W.Worcester 

of  Bolton.     Ch.:  Daniel,  Arad,  Luke  and  Samuel. 
Samuel,  b.  Sept.  10,  1778;  m.  Lucy  Handley. 
Elijah,  b.  Feb.  25, 1781;  res.  Charlestown,  Mass.;  d.  May  18, 1866. 
Daniel,  b.  Feb.  10,  1783;  d.  bef.  1860. 
Abraham,  b.  Apr.  17,  1785;  res.  Shirley. 

Alice,  b.  Sept.  1, 1787;  d.  Mar.  9,  18—,  in  B.  unm.  R.  M.  Priest 
was  admr.  of  her  estate,  Apr.  2, 1861.  In  the  report  is  mentioned 
brothers  Samuel,  Elijah  and  Abraham,  sisters  Sophia  Fleming, 
Nancy  Priest,  Elizabeth  Bailey,  Sarah  Townsend  and  Dinah 

1272.  ix.       Sophia,  b.  Nov.  20,  1789;  m. Fleming. 

1273.  X.        Nancy,  b.  Aug.  4,  1792;  m.  Oct.  20,  1814,  Charles  Priest,  of  Har- 


1274.  xi.       Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  26,  1795;  m.  Dec.  28,  1815,  Horace  Bailey,  of 

Bolton;  res.  in  Westboro. 

493.  Jonathan  Whitney  fZacheus,  Joiiathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Bedford, 
Mass.,  1736,  m.  (int)  Aug  20;  m.  Oct.  3,  1765,  Mary  Wyman,  b.  in  1744;  d.  Jan.  11, 
1778;  m.  2d,  June  30,  1779,  Lucy  Smith,  b.  in  1743;  d.  Oct.  11,  1817.  He  served  during 
the  Revolutionary  war  in  a  company  from  Lancaster.  He  d.  Nov.  20, 1802;  res.  Lan- 
caster, Mass. 

Apr.  23,  1818,  Jonas  Whitney  asks  for  a  settlement  of  the  estate  of  Jonathan. 
In  March,  1820,  the  following  heirs  are  satisfied  with  the  division  and  sign  receipts: 
Jona  Whitney,  Jonas  Whitney,  Zacheus  Whitney,  Ephraim  Whitney,  Horatio  G. 
Buttrick,  guar,  to  Caroline  Buttrick,  Wm.  Ballou,  Elizabeth  Ballou,  Reuben  Wheeler, 
Sally  Wheeler,  Eli  Stearns  and  Mary  Stearns.  Lucy  Whitney's  will  of  Lancaster 
gives  to  children  of  her  deceased  son  Moses  Smith,  son  Richard  Smith,  dau.  Lucy 
Allen,  dau.  Sally  Wheeler,  gives  to  Caroline  Buttrick,  granddaughter,  son  Ephraim 
Whitney,  whom  she  appointed  exec.  His  gravestone  in  the  Lancaster  Middle 
Cemetery  reads: 


to  the  memory  of 

Mr.  Jonathan  Whitney 

who  departed  this  life 

November  20th  1802 

aged  66  years 

Possessing  the  integrity  and  goodness  of  the  upright  man;  his  memory  will  be 
embalmed  in  the  affections  of  all  who  knew  his  worth;  and  while  virtue  itself  shall 
be  revered,  his  virtues  shall  be  had  in  remembrance  of  the  virtuous  and  the  good. 

1275.  i.         Mary,  b.  Jan.  14,  1767;  m.  Feb.  9,  1786,  Eli  Stearnes,  Esq.,  b. 

1757;  d.  Mar.  7,  1825.  She  d.  May,  1827;  res.  Lancaster.  In 
1775  he  was  apprenticed  to  a  Mr.  Whittaker,  a  carpenter,  at 
Princeton,  who  enlisted  early  in  the  Revolutionary  war.  Eli 
was  sent  to  the  army  at  Cambridge  for  a  short  time  as  a  substi- 
tute for  his  master,  and  was  there  at  the  time  of  the  battle  of 










Bunker  Hill,  but  was  not  in  the  battle.  In  1777  he  enlisted  in  a 
scouting  party  commanded  by  the  subsequently  notorious  Dan- 
iel Shays,  and  was  wounded  by  a  ball  from  an  Indian's  gun, 
which  passed  through  his  head,  entering  the  left  cheek  and 
coming  out  under  the  right  ear.  After  being  confined  several 
months  in  the  hospital  at  Albany,  he  became  asst.  com.,  and 
continued  in  the  service  until  discharged  in  1783.  He  was  jus- 
tice of  the  peace  and  representative,  1806-10.  Ch.:  Charles,  b. 
Mar.  15,  1788;  rep.  and  senator;  m.  Julia  A.  Woodward  and 
Amanda  (Brown)  Norcross;  res.  Springfield,  Mass.;  Mary, 
b.  Jan.  26,  1791,  unm.;  Eliza,  b.  Nov.  18.1793;  m.  Francis  Faulk- 
ner; res.  Keene,  N.  H.;  Sophia,  b.  Sept.,  1795,  unm.;  Harriet, 
b.  Nov.  21,  1797,  unm.;  William,  b.  Nov.  2,  1799;  m.  Elizabeths. 
Wilder;  res.  Boston;  Catherine,  b.  Feb.  18,  1802,  unm.;  Sarah 
Whitney,  b.  May  13,  1804;  m.  Amos  Chase,  of  Groton;  Nancy 
b.  Apr.  13,  1806;  m.  Otis  Haskell;  res.  Claremont,  N.  H.;  Au- 
gustus, b.  Oct.  4,  1807;  d.  Sept.  12,  1811. 
1276.  ii.  Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  14,  1766;  m.  Mar.  19,  1787,  William  Ballard; 
res.  Lancaster,  Mass.     He  was  b.  Mar.  23,  1764. 

Jonathan,  b.  Mar.  27, 1771. 

Jonas,  b.  Aug.  27,  1772;  m.  Mary  Hawkes. 

Zaccheus,  b.  Mar.  11,  1774;  m.  Fanny . 

Ephraim,  b.   Mar.  28,  1780;  m.  June  7,  1821,  Mrs.  Mary  Nurse,  of 
Marlboro.     He  d.  Sept.  6,  1842;  res.  Lancaster. 

1281.  vii.       Nancy,  b.  Nov.  13,  1784;  m.  Oct.  6,  1803,  Capt.  Horatio  Gates 

Butterick,  of  Lancaster.      Ch.:  Caroline.      She  d.  Jan.  27,  1811 ; 
he  m.  2d  Dec.  26,  1811,  Marv  Barnard. 

1282.  viii.     Sally,  b.  Oct.  19,  1786;  m.  Dec.  17,  1807,  Reuben  Wheeler,  of 


1283.  ix.        Eunice,  bap.  Dec.  3,  1775;  d.  Nov.  2,  1777. 

1284.  X.         Sally,  bap.  Apr.  7,  1782;  d.  July  17,  1786. 

495.  Lieut.  Levi  Whitney  (Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),b.  Dec.  5,  1739; 
m.  Dec.  19, 1764,  Rebecca  Clark;  m.  2d  in  Townsend  Nov.  13,  1780,  Mrs.  Lydia  (Ran- 
dall) Price. 

His  second  wife  was  the  widow  of  Major  Henry  Price,  the  first  deputy  grand 
master  of  Masons  in  America.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  Levi  was  an  officer  in 
the  commissary  department  with  the  rank  of  lieutenant.  He  was  a  man  of  much  me- 
chanical ingenuity  and  a  manufacturer  of  agricultural  tools.  His  children  were  all 
born  in  Townsend.  He  d.  Jan.  8,  1809;  res.  Townsend  and  Shrewsbury,  Mass. 
Amos,  b.  Feb.  11,  1766;  m.  Anna  Brown. 
Asa,  b.  in  1767;  m.  Mary  Wallis. 

Sarah,  b.  in  1769;  m.  May  3,  1791,  Eleazer  Flint,  of  Reading. 
Aaron,  b.  in  1772;  m.  Phebe  Dunklee  and  Olive  Lund. 
Sibil,  b.  Aug.  27,  1770;  m.  Cyrus  Smith,  of  New  Ipswich,  N.  H. 
He  was  born  at  New  Ipswich,  Mass.,  Mar.  20, 1768,  was  a  farmer 
and  died  at  Andover,  Vt.  Ch.  b.  three:  Rebecka,  b.  Mar.  2, 
1796;  m.  William  Craig;  Cyrus  G.,  b.  Nov.  7,  1797;  m.  Ann 
Northup;  Sewall  Whitney,  b.  Dec.  13,  1802;  m.  Nancy  Mansur; 
res.  East  Troy,  Wis.;  Jesse,  b.  July  31,  1804;  m.  Sylvia  Burton; 
Thomas  J.,  b.  July  16,  1806;  d.  in  N.  Y.  city,  aged  19,  school 
teacher;  Polly,  b.  Dec.  1,1807;  m.  George  Mansur;  res.  Neenah, 
Wis.;  Sarah,  b.  Nov.  24,  1809;  m.  Leonard  Andrews;  res.  Big 
Bend,  Wis.;  Releaf  M.  S.  Mason,  b.  Nov.  22,  1811;  m.  Rev.J.O. 
Mason;  res.  Greenwood,  N.Y.;  Elvira,  b.  Mar.  2,  1814;  m.  Dr. 
Aaron  Putman. 

1290.  vi.        SEWELL,b. ;  d.  unm.     He  was  drowned  by  being  accident- 

ally knocked  from  the  deck  of  a  sloop  at  Lansingburgh,  N.  Y. 

1291.  vii.      Rebecca,  b.  July  29,  1781;  m.  Sept.  18,  1799,  Benjamin  Wallace, 

of  Townsend. 

496.  Timothy  Whitney  (Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Oct.  25,  1743. 
m.  Dec.  1,  1768,  Catherine  Davenport,  b.  Aug.  12,  1747, 

He  resided  in  that  part  of  Shrewsbury,  subsequentlv  incorporated  as  Boylston' 
He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  Capt.  Ezra  Bemis'  Company  in  1777.  Was  one 
of  the  first  selectmen  and  served  1786-87-«8-89-90-91-92;    town  treasurer,  1796-97-98 






































99-1800-1801-1802  and  assessor  in  1788.  He  d. ;  res.  Shrewsbury  and  Boylston, 


1292.     i.      Lucy,  b.  March  23,  1769;  m.  Joseph  Bigelow,  b.  Boylston,  Mass.,  Apr. 

15.  1766;  d.  Mav  17,  1845.     She  d.  Oct.  30,  1845;  res.  Boylston  and 

Fitzwilliam,N.H.   Ch.:  Joseph,  b.  Sept.  22, 1787;  m.  Eunice  Doty; 

Catherine,  b.  Aug.  26,  1789;  m.  Peter  Prescott;  Asahel,  b.  Oct.  15, 

17^*1;  Levi,  b.  Sept.  13,  1794;  m.  Esther  French;  Lucy,  b.  Aug.  20, 

1797;  d.  unm.  Aug,  28,  1823;  Lyman,  b.   Dec.  8,  1799;  d.  July  18. 

1840,  in  Charleston,  S.  C;  Charles  b.    Feb.  7,  1802;  m.  Elizabeth 

Nichols;  Zebina,  b.  July  27,  1804;  d.  Nov.  3,  1810;  Mary  W.,  b. 

Mar.  10,  1808;  d.  Mar.  21,  1831. 

Shadrack,  b.  Oct.  6,  1770. 

Levi,  b.  Aug.  9,  1772. 

Mary,  b.  Jan.  7,  1774. 

Catherine,  b.  Oct.  10,  1777;  d.  infancy. 

Catherine,  b.  Feb.  15,  1779. 

Timothy,  b.  June  25,  1783. 

John,  b.  Apr.  6.  1785. 

497."  Daniel  Whitney  (Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Sept.  4.  1746; 
m.  Sept.  26.  1771,  Catherine  Stone,  of  Oxford,  Mass.;  b.  Nov.  15,  1752.  He  was  in 
the  Revolutionary  army,  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Andrews,  of  Shrews- 
bury; res.  Shrewsbury  and  Marlboro,  Mass.;  Madison,  N.  Y. 

Jonah,  b.  Sept.  3,  1772. 

Isaac,  b.  Oct.  17,  1774. 

Sarah,  b.  July  21,  1776. 

Daniel,  b.  Sept.  4,  1777. 

Luther,  b.  Feb.  23,  1781. 

John  Stone,  b.  June  20, 1783. 

William,  b.  Aug.  22,  1785. 

500.  James  Whitney  (James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Framingham,  Mass.. 
June  4,  1718;  m.  there  Mar.  18,  1742,  Patience  Leland,  dau.  of  Joseph  and  Esther 

(Thurston);  b.  1722;  she  m.  2d Damon.    They  resided  in  Framingham,  and 

moved  to  Sherborn  in  1744.     He  d.  in  1754;  res.  Sherborn,  Mass. 

1307.  i.  John,  b.  Mar.  10,  1742;  m.  Hannah  Holbrook. 

1308.  ii.         Joseph,  b.  Mar.  7,  1745. 

1309.  iii.        Martha,  b.  Aug.  16,  1747. 

1310.  iv.        Abigail,  b.  Dec.  11,  1749. 

504.  Dea.  Micah  Whitney  (James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Framingham 
Mass.,  June  4,  1725;  m.  in  Natick  1747  Lydia  Mason,  of  Natick. 

Deacon  Micah  was  born  in  Framingham.  He  was  in  the  French  and  Indian  war 
and  his  name  is  found  on  Morris  roll  of  Buckminster's  regiment  in  1755.  He  was  one 
of  the  prominent  citizens,  was  member  of  the  church  and  deacon  for  many  years, 
and  one  of  the  selectmen.  Morse,  in  his  History  of  Sherborn,  says  that  he  died  June 
23,  1860.  This  is,  of  course,  impossible.  And  if  we  correct  it  to  1760,  we  find  that 
we  have  the  date  of  Mark  Whitney's  death,  whose  will  Micah  witnessed  only  six 
days  earlier.  The  chances  are  against  this,  also,  so  I  conclude  that  Morse,  ignorant 
of  Mark's  existence,  jumped  at  the  conclusion  that  the  Natick  records  had  been 
written  "  Mark"  when  they  should  have  been  written  "  Micah."  I  have  been  of  the 
opinion  that  Micah,  and  Thomas  (Mark's  son)  with  their  families,  moved  away  about 
1760.  Both  men  disappeared  from  Natick  and  vicinity  about  that  time.  I  think 
Micah  moved  to  Douglass,  for  he  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war  from  that  town; 
res.  Natick  and  Douglass,  Mass. 

Mary,  b.  Sept.  11,  1748. 

Amos,  b.  May  17,  1750. 

Micah,  b.  June  20,  1753. 

Daniel,  b.  Jan.  26,  1759. 

Mason,  b.  Dec.  16,  1765. 

505.  Dea.  Benjamin  Whitney  (James,  John.  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Oct.  23,  1727, 
in  Framingham;  m.  Esther  Leland,  b.  1728. 

He  prob.  m.  2d,  Mary ,  for  this  is  the  name  of  his  wife  mentioned  in  his 

will.     He  d.  in  1794;  res.  Sherborn,  Mass. 

1316.  i.        James,  b.  in  1755;  m.  Susannah  Hill. 

1317.  ii.       Joseph,  b.  in  1762;  m.  Sally  Parks. 




















506.  Ezra  Whitney  (James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Framingham,  Feb.  22, 

1730;  m.,  1760,  Agnes  Ross;  m.  2d,  Elizabeth ;  ni.3d,  Mercy  Morse.     She  d.  in 

Uxbridge,  Mass.,  Sept.  23,  1794  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  in  the  company 
from  Douglass,  commanded  by  Capt.  Wallis.  He  d.  Sept.  24.  1804;  res.  Wrentham, 
Mendon,  Sherborn,  Lunenburg  and   Douglass,  Mass.,  and   North  Woodstock,  Conn. 

James,  b.  Mendon,  Dec.  15,  1764;  m.  for  third  wife,  Mary  Rob- 

John,  b. .     He  was  graduated  at  Dartmouth  college,  but  in 

1797  was  insane. 

Ezra,  b.  Nov.  29,  1760;  m. . 

Moses,  b.   in   1756;  m.   Hannah ,  and   Mrs.  Nancy  (Mann) 


Samuel,  b. ;  m.  Azubah . 

Mercy,  b.  about  1770;  m.  in  Uxbridge,  Mass.,  Capt.  Samuel 
Read,  of  Uxbridge.  He  was  b.  Dec.  12,  1769;  d.  Apr.  19,  1839; 
res.  Uxbridge,  Mass.;  for  20  years  he  was  the  representative  in 
the  legislature,  and  was  a  prominent  and  distinguished  citizen. 
She  d.  Mar.  26,  1835.  Ch.:  Nancy,  b.  Aug.  3,  1794;  Abigail 
M.,  b.  June  12,  1796;  Elizabeth  H.,  b.  Sept.  18,  1798;  Mary  G.,  b. 
Oct.  22,  1800;  d.  Sept.  13,  1806. 

1324.  vii.      Elizabeth,  b. ;  m. Hill.     Ch.:  Ezra,  Hannah,  Irene, 

Moses,  and  Micah. 

1325.  viii.     Micah,  b. ;  d.  Uxbridge,  Mass.,  Feb.  12,  1795. 

507.  Hon.  Daniel  Whitney  (James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Framingham, 
Dec.  13,  1733;  m.  Miriam  Leland,  b.  1740;  d.  1817-8.  Hon.  Daniel  Whitney  was  ohe 
of  the  most  prominent  citizens  in  Sherborn.  He  was  selectman  1784-6-8-9-90-1-2 
3-5-1800-1-2-3;  town  clerk  in  1773;  town  clerk  and  treasurer  from  1775  to  1781;  was 
representative  to  the  Continental  Congress  1775-6;  member  of  the  convention  to 
revise  the  state  constitution  in  1780;  representative  1781-3-4-5-8-9-91-2^4-5-6-8-9 
1800-1-3.  In  1788  Daniel  Whitney,  Esq.,  of  Sherborn,  was  the  delegate  to  the  con- 
vention for  the  purpose  of  ratifying  the  constitution  by  Massachusetts.  It  was  held 
in  Boston  from  Jan.  9  to  Feb.  9,  1788.     He  d.  in  1810;  res.  Sherborn,  Mass. 

1326.  i.  Amos,  b.  1762;  m.  Catherine  Hunt. 

1327.  ii.        Elizabeth,  b.  1765;  m.  William  Clark;  she  d.  1835;  Ch.:  Alpheus, 

b.  1785;  m.  Nancy  Leland;  Polly,  b.  1789;  d.  1790;  Polly,  b.  1792; 
m.  Lemuel  Leland;  d.  1814. 

1328.  iii,       Daniel,  b.  in  1768;  m.  Dorcas  White.    He  was  lost  at  sea  in  1800, 

s.  p.;  res.  Boston,  Mass. 

1329.  iv.        Mary,  b.  1770;  m.  Hon.  John  Bullard,  selectman  8  years;  repre- 

sentative 1819;  res.  S.,and  d.  1840.  Ch.:  Sally,  b.  Mar.  5, 1794;  m. 
Martin  Clark  and  William'  Stratton;  Mary  W.,b.  Feb.  5,  1804; 
m.  Henry  Ballard;  Eliza,  b.  May  16,  1807;  m.  Richard  Richard- 
son; d.  s.  p.  Dec.  5,  1844;  John  W.,  b.  May  13,  1809;  d.  1813; 
Daniel  W.,  b.  May  13,  1811;  m.  Abigail  Hemenway  and  M.  H. 

1330.  V.         Aaron,  b.  in  1772;  m.  Eda  Fiske. 

510.  Peter  Whitney  (Josiah,  Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Willington,  Conn., 
Apr.  10,  1738;  m.  in  Tolland,  Conn.,  Apr.  21,  1763,  Mercy  Case,  b.  Aug.  15,  1745;  d. 
Apr.  19,  1819. 

He  was  born  at  Willington,  Conn.;  married  at  Tolland.  He  was  a  farmer  and 
resided  at  Ashford  and  Willington,  Conn.,  until  after  the  birth  of  his  children,  when 
he  moved  to  Tunbridge,  Orange  Co.,  Vt.  They  were  buried  in  East  Bethel,  Vt.,  the 
.  village  where  they  had  gone  to  church.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  last  French  war  and 
also  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  Conn.  line.  He  was  pensioned  Apr.  6, 
1818.     He  d.  June  19,  1826;  res.  Tolland,  Conn.,  and  Tunbridge,  Vt. 

1331.  i.  Thomas,  b.  Sept.  18,  1770;  m.  Mary  T.  Jennings. 

1;S32.    ii.         Peter,  b.  Oct.  31,  1776;  m.  Edith  Davis  and  Sibyl  Ainsworth. 

1333.  iii.       Jonathan,  b.  Feb.  20,  1766;  m.  Eunice  Story,  Dora  Marsh,  Zylpha 

Holt  and  Betsey  Bolton. 

1334.  iv.       Lois,  b.  Mar.  31,  1768;  m.  Major-General  Lovell  Hubbard.   She  d. 

in  1818,  in  Royalton,  Vt. 

1335.  V.        Anna,  b.  Sept.  10, 1774;  m.  Oliver  Preston.    She  d.  Mar.  9, 1858,  at 

Royalton,  Vt.  A  son,  Jonathan  W.,  resides  in  Manchester,  N.  H. 


1336.  vi.       Rebecca,  b.  Aug.  16,  1772.    She  had  one  arm  and  one  leg  ampu- 

tated at  her  father's  house,  and  died  there  unm.  in  1806. 

1337.  vii.      Esther,  b.  Nov.   1,   1778;  m.  Col.  Arannah   Hibbard.     He  was 

wounded  at  the  battle  of  Queenstown  in  the  war  of  1812.  She 
d.  at  Siurgis,  Mich. 

1338.  viii.     Molly,  b.  Mar.  16,  1764;  d.  young. 

1339.  ix.       Lydia,  b.  Feb.  10,  1781;  m.  Joseph  Bartlett.    She  died  soon  after 

her  marriage. 

1340.  X.         Mary,  b.  Mar.  16,  1784. 

1341.  xi.       Molly,  b.  Mar.  16,  1784. 

520.  Josiah  Whitney  (Josiah,  Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Willington,  Conn., 
Nov.  16,  1764;  m.  at  East  Windsor,  Conn.,  Nov.  26,  1783,  Mary  Loomis.  In  1781, 
when  seventeen  years  of  age,  he  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  in  a  Belchertown 
company.  After  his  death  she  m.  Nov.,  1797,  with  Solomon  Payne  and  moved  to 
Rootstown,  Ohio,  where  she  d.  of  smallpox  Jan.  14,  1850.  He  d.  Oct.  29,  1792;  res. 
Granville,  Mass. 

1342.  i.  Sarah,  b.  June  4,  1785;  m.  Beman  Chapman  and  settled  in  Roots- 

town,  Ohio,  where  she  died  Aug.  21,  1846.  Son  Pliney  res. 
New  Milford,  Ohio. 

1343.  ii.         Mary,  b.  Oct.  2,1787;  m.  Dec.  22, 1806,  Nathan  Chapman  at  Roots- 

town,  a  chair  manufacturer,  b.  Vernon,  Conn.,  July  5,  1783. 
They  both  lived  to  be  over  90  years  of  age.  Ch.:  E.  P.;  res. 
New  Milford,  Ohio. 

1344.  iii.        Indiana,  b.  Aug.  21,  1789;  m.  Calvin  Allen,  a  clothier,  who  was 

b.  in  Conn.  They  moved  in  1823  to  Duaiiesburgh,  N.  Y.,  and 
thence  in  1828  to  Silver  Lake,  Pa.,  where  he  d.  Mar.  12,  1834, 
and  was  buried  in  Quaker  cemetery.  She  resided  last  at  Brook- 
dale,  Pa.     Son  Luman  W.  res.  Brookdale,  Pa. 

1345.  iv.       Josiah,  b.  May  1,  1791;  m.  Almira  Ellsworth. 

523.  Lieut.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Pepperell 
Oct.  27,  1741;  m.  Aug.  12,  1761,  Mary  Turner,  b.  1741;  d.  Sept.  5,  1778;  m.  2d  Rebecca 
Fitch,  b.  1759;  d.  June  23,  1793;  m.  3d  in  P.  Mar.  5,  1794,  Olive  Farnsworth,  of  Groton, 

b.  1755;  d.  s.  p.  Jan.  13,  1809;  m.  4th  Anna  Woods,  b. ;  d.  Sept.  11,  1866.     His 

will  was  probated  in  1822.     William  Livermore,  of  Groton,  was  appointed  to  Frank- 
lin and  George,  minors.     He  d.  Sept.,  1821;  res.  Pepperell,  Mass. 

1346.  i.  "Benjamin,  b.  May  5,  1764.     He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war 

in  1781  for  Pepperell  when  but  17  years  of  age.      His  name  is 
found  on  the  Revolutionary  war  records  at  the  state  house  in 
Boston.     He  was  married  and  resided  in  Tunbridge,  Vt.,  but 
later  moved  to  Geneseo,  N.  Y.,  finally  locating  in  Boston,  Mich. 
TDavid,  b.  Feb.  11,  1766;  m.  Susanna  Huntington. 
V\bel,  b.  Mar.  15,  1770;  m.  Phebe  Scott. 
Thomas,  b.  July  15,  1780;  m.  Betsey  Wallis  and  Annie  York. 
»Abijah,  b.  Aug.  22,  1781;  m.  Lydia  Tarbell. 
.Joseph,  b.  Apr.  18,  1784;  d.  Aug.  18,  1805. 
Aaron,  b,  Feb.  22,  1786;  m.  Betsey  Parker. 

♦Polly,  b.  Jan.  25,  1788;  m.  Leonard  Lakin.    He  res.  in  Boston  and 
was  a  pilot  in  Boston  harbor.   Ch.:  Leonard,  b.  Aug.  13, 1833;  res. 
Ft.  Atkinson,  Wis.;  Mary  Ann,  b.  May  25,  1817;  m.  Moses  Love- 
joy;  res.  Riverside,  111. 
•Hannah,  b.  Jan.  7,  1792;  d.  Oct.  22,  1794. 
Franklin,  b.  Nov.  30,  1810;  m.  Catherine  Kemp. 
George,  b.  Mar.  24,  1813;  d.  young. 
•Mary,  b.  Mar.  4,  1763;  d.  Aug.  27,  1778. 
Abigail,  b.  May  8,  1768;  d.  Aug.  28,  1778. 
♦Martha,  b.  Jan.  19.  1772;  d.  Aug.  28,  1778. 
rABijAH,  b.  Nov.  29,  1774;  d.  Sept.  3,  1778. 
•Anna,  b.  Nov.  5,  1775;  d.  Aug.  25,  1778. 
J'homas,  b.  July  23, 1777;  d.  Aug.  29,  1778. 

529.  Joseph  Whitney  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Pepperell,  Mass., 
Oct.  20,  1755;  m.  Mary  Woods,  b.  1764;  d.  Acworth,  N.  H.,  in  1841.  He  was  from 
Pepperell,  Mass.,  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  and  was  at  the  battle  of  Bunker 
Hill.    Later  he  removed  to  Acworth,  N.  H„  in  1807.    Apr.  25,  1818,  he  was  granted  a 














































pension,  but  it  was  suspended  in  1820.     He  d.  Acworth,  N.  H.,  in  1810;  res.  Pepperell, 
Mass.,  Francistown  and  Acworth,  N.  H. 

1365.  i.  Polly,  b.  Sept.  5,  1781;  m.  Sept.  12,  1804,  Phinehas  Parker  and 

rem.  to  Vt.  He  was  b.  in  Dedham,  N.  H.,  Sept.  5,  1781 ;  d.  Dec. 
29,  1873.  She  d.  Jan.  24.  1873.  Ch.:  Mary  Ann;  a  child  is  Mrs. 
Geo.  H.  Osgood,  East  Randolph,  Vt.;  Marinda;  a  child  is  Geo. 
Annis,  Craftsbury,  Vt.;  Charles,  b.  Sept.  24,  1810;  m.  Rebecca 
Whitney,  dau.  Joseph  D.  (which  see);  res.  E.  Randolph,  Vt.; 
Caroline,  dead;  John,  a  son,  is  Don  Parker,  St.  Albans,  Vt.; 
Phinehas,  res.  Hartford,  Vt.;  Fannie,  dead;  Sally,  dead. 

1366.  ii.         Emma,  b.  Aug.  16.  1785;  m.  Mar.  25,  1806,  Elijah  Dickerman;  res, 

Chelsea,  Vt.  He  was  b.  July  20,  1783;  d.  Dec.  3,  1861.  He  was 
a  blacksmith  and  farmer.  She  d.  Aug.  28,  1834.  Ch.:  Mary,  b. 
Mar.  29,  1807;  m.  Mar.  29,  1825;  d.  Feb.  2,  1880;  Emma,  b.  July 
26,1809;  d.  Sept.  15, 1809;  Amy,  b.  May  6, 1811;  m.  Mar.  25,  1834; 
d.  May  8,  1884;  Rebekah,  b.  Dec.  19,  1812;  m.  Mar.  12,  1855;  d. 
Apr.  13,  1885;  Elijah,  b.  Sept.  26,  1814;  m.  Nov.  26,  1835;  d.  July 
5,  1876;  Enoch,  b.  Apr.  27,  1816;  m.  Nov.  26,  1835;  d.  June  5, 
1883;  Edmund,  b.  May  27,  1818;  m.  Oct.  28,  1838;  d.  Feb.  5, 
1886;  Lewis,  b.  Sept.  28,  1822,  m.  July  24,1845;  res.  No  T.;  Sally, 
b.  Oct.  30,  1824;  m.  Nov,  1,  1841,  Eli  Camp;  res.  No.  Ran- 
dolph, Vt. 

Joseph,  b. ;  d.  young. 

Joseph  D.,  b.  Apr.  4,  1791;  m.  Susanna  Drury. 

Isaac  W.,  b.— ;  m.  Polly  Blood. 

John,  b.  May  4,  1795;  m.  Polly  Lewis. 

Leonard,  b.  June  4,  1797;  m.  Philanda  Blood. 

Rebecca,  b.  Apr.  3,  1799;  m.  Feb.  23,  1826,  Theron  Thayer,  b. 
Apr.  26,  1803;  d.  Nov.  4,  1841.  She  m.  2d,  Asa  T.  Grames.  She 
d.  Jan.  21,  1892.  Ch.:  Parilla,  b.  Feb.  18,  1827;  m.  to  Charles 
Densmore,  Feb.  18,  1850;  ch.,  Mrs.  Edwin'Spencer,  Claremont, 
N.  H.;  Mrs.  James  Hamlin,  N.  Randolph,  Vt.;  Mrs.  Emma 
Morse,  W.  Bethel,  Vt.;  Mrs.  J.  M.  Flint,  Chelsea,  Vt. 

1373.  ix.       David,  b.  Acworth,  N.  H.;  m.    Lydia  C.  Chase;  a  dau.  Mary  A., 

m.  Cutler  S.  Angier;  res.  Langdon,  N.  H. 

1374.  X.         Edmund,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

1375.  xi.       Alvah,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

530.    James  Whitney  (Joseph,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Pepperell,  Mass., 

Dec.  6,  1757;  m. .     He  d.  Aug.  18,  1799;  res.  Ludlow,  Vt. 

1376.  i.         Orlando,  b. ;  m.  Asenath  Stiles. 

1377.  ii.        Daniel,  b.  in  1777;  m.  Content  Stiles. 

1378.  iii.       James,  b. . 

1379.  iv.  Jazamiah,  b.  Sept.  1,'1780;  m.  Rebecca  Whipple. 

1380.  V.        ,  b. ;  m. Sangar;  res.  St.  Johnsbury,  Vt. 

532.  James  Whitney  (James,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Dunstable,  Mass., 
Kov.  4,  1742;  m.  Sept.  4,  1766,  Sarah  Lund;  res.  Dunstable,  Mass.,  and . 

1381.  i.         Sarah,  b.  in  D.,  May  27,  1767. 

533.  John  Whitney  (James,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Dunstable,  Apr.  15, 
1745;  m.  at  Westminster,  Mass.,  Feb.,  1781,  Mary  Jones;  b.  Framingham,  Mass.,  1757; 
d.  Apr.  19,  1836. 

John  Whitney,  a  brother  of  Jonathan,  went  to  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.,  from  Dunstable, 
Mass.,  before  1776.  His  wife  was  Mary  Jones,  a  native  of  Framingham,  Mass.  He 
died  in  Troy,  N.  H.,  in  1829.  He  was  in  the  battle  of  Bunker  Hill,  in  Capt.  Whit- 
comb's  company,  of  Col.  James  Reed's  regiment.  In  1776  in  Capt.  Abijah  Smith's 
company  for  New  York,  mustered  Sept.  21.  He  was  one  of  the  men  returned  for 
Fitzwilliam  for  three  years  or  the  war.  In  1777  he  marched  to  reinforce  the  garrison 
at  Ticonderoga,  on  the  alarm  in  Capt.  John  Mellen's  company.  Was  for  a  time  in 
Col.  Timothy  Bigelow's  regiment  for  Worcester,  Mass.  John  Whitney  served  in  the 
Revolutionary  army,  and  early  in  1780  in  company  with  his  brother  Jonathan  he  left 
his  home  in  Dunstable,  Mass.,  having  purchased  the  tract  of  land  on  "the  east  side 
of  the  road,"  in  Troy,  N.  H.,  later  Fitzwilliam.  He  resided  on  the  farm  until  his 
death.     He  d.  Nov.  3,  1829;  res.  Fitzwilliam  and  Troy,  N.  H. 










1382.  i.  Nathan,  b,  June  18,  1781;  d.  in  1811  in  Sherburne,  Vt.,  of  spotted 

fever;  unm. 

1383.  ii.         Mary,  b.  Mar.  2,  1783;  m.  Feb.  16,  1812,  Luke  Harris.    She  d. 
Sept.  1^  1816.     (See  below.) 

Lucy,  b.  Jan.  22,  1785;  d.  May  18,  1794. 

Sally,   b.   May  30,   1787;  m.  George  Farrar,  and  d.  s.  p.  in  1864. 

John,  b.  Dec.  10,  1789;  m.  Mrs.  Augusta  (Fisk)  Brooks. 

Betsey,  b.  July  12,  1792;  m.  Apr.  10,  1817,  Luke  Harris.  He  was 
b.  Dec.  1,  1790,  at  Richmond,  N.  H.,  and  d.  at  Nelson,  N.  H., 
Feb.  2,  1872.  He  was  a  farmer,  carpenter  and  manufacturer. 
Ch.:  James  Madison,  died  in  infancy;  Martha,  b.  Mar.  25,  1816 
(first  wife);  m.  Herman  Kendall,  of  Sterling,  Mass.,  and  d.  Aug. 
7.  1881;  had  2  ch.,  H.  P.,  res.  Sterling,  Mass.;  Mary  Ann,  b.  Oct. 
30,  1817;  m.  Feb.  11,  1869,  Dea.  Jabez  Butler,  and  he  was  b.  Nov. 
14,  1803,  and  d.  Jan.  14, 1889.  Was  a  sash  and  blind  maker.  She 
res.,  s.  p.,  in  Plymouth,  Vt.,  and  is  a  regular  practicing  physician. 
Graduated  1859.  Susan  Harris,  b.  Mar.  20,  1818;  d.  Dec,  1833; 
Sarah  W.,  b.  Oct.  23,  1819;  m.  Isaac  W.  Holbrook,  who  d.  Feb. 
27,1881;  ch.,  Ellen  M.  and  Susan  L.;  res.  M.;  Nathan  W.,  b. 
Mar.  5,  1821,  n.  f.  k.;  went  to  N.  O.  and  to  St.  Louis,  and  is  sup- 
posed to  have  died  there  of  cholera;  Ferdinand  and  Isabella,  b. 
Mar.  23,  1824;  d.  June.  1825;  an  infant,  b.  Aug.,  1827,  which  lived 
only  a  day;  John  W.,  b.  Sept.  15,  1828,  supposed  to  have  been 
drowned  at  sea;  Isaiah  Turbur,  b.  June  13,  1831;  m.  Mary  S. 
Phillips;  Caroline  Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  14,1833;  m.  Minot  Phillips, 
who  d.  in  the  war,  and  Herman  Wheeler,  res.  E.  Sullivan,  N.  H.; 
1888.  vii.  Sophia,  b.  Jan.  20,  1795;  m.  Eseck  Dexter,  and  d.  in  1866,  leaving 
Eseck,  Ferdinand,  Lorenzo  and  Oscar. 

1389.  viii.      Luke,  b.  Dec.  25,  1798;  m.  Louisa  White. 

534.  Jonathan  Whitney  (James,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Dunstable,  Mass.' 
Aug.  15,  1745;  m.  (the  first  marriage  recorded  in  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.)  May  7,  1772] 
Abigail  Hemenway,  b.  Apr.  26,  1749,  dau.  of  Joseph  and  Mary  (Adams)  Hemenway* 
Jonathan  Whitney,  in  company  with  his  brother  John,  purchased  a  farm  in  1780  at 
Fitzwilliam,   N.  H.     About  1810  he  disposed   of   his    interest  to  one  Sanford,  and 

moved  to  Hartland,  Vt.     He  d. — ;  res.  Dunstable,  Mass.,  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.,  and 

Hartland,  Vt.,  in  1805. 

1390.  i.  James,  b.  Nov.  3,  1772.     He  married,  went  west,  and  died  s.  p. 

1391.  ii.         Joseph,  b.  June  7,  1774;  m.  Sophia  Oliver. 

1392.  iii.        Francis,  b.  Sept.  17,  1776.     He  d.  June  1, 1842,  and  left  two  daus.; 

one  is  Mrs.  Abigail  Collins;  res.  Lisbon,  N.  Y. 

1393.  iv.        Benjamin,  b.  Apr   6,  1781.     He  was  killed  when  a  young  man; 

was   at   work   on   a   railroad,    blasting   rock,   and   killed  by  a 
piece  from  the  blast. 

1394.  V.         Jonathan,  b.  Apr.  6,  1783;  m.  Miranda  Marvin. 

1395.  vi.       Charles,  b.  June  17,1786.     He  had  three  sons  and  three  daus.; 

one,  James,  res.  Bristol,  Vt.,  and  Charles;  res.  Brookfield,  Vt. 

1396.  vii.      Calvin,  b.  May  25,  1788;  m.  Eliza  Everton. 

1397.  viii.     Haynes,  b.  Dec,  1789;  m.  Jane  Robinson. 

537.  William  Whitney  (William,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., 
Feb.  5,  1725;    m.  at  Salisbury,  Conn.,  June  4,  1747,  Arcoucher  Dutcher;    m.  2d  Jane 

He  was  born  probably  at  Killingly,  though  some  traditions  have  it  at  Canaan; 
was  married  at  Salisbury  as  "William  Whitney  from  the  east  part  of  Connecticut." 
He  was  a  farmer.     He  d. ;  res.  Salisbury,  Conn. 

1398.  iii.       Christopher,  b.  Sept.  28, 1751;  m.  Mary  Ticknor. 

1399.  i.         Hestry,  b.  Aug.  4,  1748;  m.  Oct.  15,  1766,  Joshua  Sardam. 

1400.  ii.        Mary,  b.  Aug.  24,  1750;  d.  young. 

1401.  iv.       Cornelius,  b.  Dec.  31,  1753;  m.  Hetty  Green. 

1402.  v.        RuLUFF,  b. .     He  was  a  soldier  and  was  killed  at  the  battle 

of  Quebec 

1403.  vi.       John,  b.  Oct.  5,  1757;  res.  Maryland. 

1404.  vii.      Mary,  b.  Oct.  1,  1759. 


1405.  viii.    Solomon,  b.  Mar.  1,  1763. 

1406.  ix.       Jane,  b.  May  22,  1766. 

538.  Thomas  Whitney  (William,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killingly,  Conn., 
Feb.  28,  1727;  m.  Elizabeth  Boardman;  b.  Sheffield,  Mass.,  d.  before  1793. 

He  was  probably  born  in  Killingly,  Conn.,  where  he  resided  until  after  his 
marriage,  when  he  moved  to  Canaan.  He  had  a  deed  of  land  from  his  father,  Nov. 
5,  1750,  in  consideration  of  parental  love,  etc.  As  Thomas  Whitney  of  Claverack  in 
ye  County  of  Albany  and  Province  of  New  York  for  ;^50,  he  deeded  to  his  honored 
father,  William  Whitney,  of  Canaan,  the  same  54and,  June  18,  1761.  Thomas  was  a 
farmer,  and  at  the  time  of  his  death  resided  in  Nobletoivn,  Hillsdale,  Columbia  Co., 
N.  Y.,  where  he  took  an  active  part  under  the  lead  of  Robert  Noble,  in  a  strife  between 
the  authorities  of  the  colony  of  Massachusetts  and  those  of  New  York,  relative  to  the 
soil  and  jurisdiction  of  certain  lands  in  the  manor  of  Livingston.  June  26,  1766,  the 
sheriff  and  posse  proceeded  to  Noble's  house  to  arrest  him  and  other  persons  named 
in  the  warrant,  and  when  near  Noble's  house  the  two  parties  came  in  collision  and 
"thereupon  a  firing  by  both  parties  instantly  ensued  and  Cornelius  Ten  Broeck,  one 
of  the  posse,  Thos.  Whitney,  one  of  the  rioters,  were  both  shot  and  died  on  the  spot." 
(See  the  proclamation  of  Sir  Henry  Moore,  of  July  3,  following  in  Documentary  History 
of  New  York.)  His  widow  went  to  Chenango,  N.  Y.,  with  her  son,  Joshua,  and  died 
there  before  1793,  and  was  buried  on  the  farm  where  they  lived.  Thomas  was  buried 
on  his  own  farm  at  Nobletown.  He  d.  June  26,  1766;  res.  Canaan,  Conn.,  and  Noble- 
town,  N.  Y. 

1407.  i.         Joshua,  b.  Nov.  27,  1748;  m.  Hannah  Green. 

1408.  ii.        John,  b.  May  15,  1751;  res.  Chenango,  N.  Y. 

1409.  iii.       William,  b. .     He  d.  Jan.  18,  1810,  was  a  prominent  citizen 

of  Chenango  Co.,  N.  Y.,  and  was  general  in  the  State  Militia. 

1410.  iv.       Elizabeth,  b. ;  m.  Thomas  Green;  res.  Lisle,  N.  Y.,  where 

he  was  a  member  of  the  First  Cong,  church.     She  d.  in  1822, 
They  res.  in  Lisle,  two  miles  from  Whitney's  Point,  N.  Y. 

540.  Capt.  Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Plainfield, 
Conn.,  Mar.  25,  1*750;  m.  Sally  Cochran. 

During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  in  a  Connecticut  regiment,  and  ensign  of 
one  of  the  companies  and  later  first  lieutenant  in  Capt.  McKinstry's  Co.  9th  N.  Y. 
Regt.  of  the  Claverack  Batt.  In  1779  he  was  captain,  and  at  its  close  moved  to  New 
York  state.  He  finally  settled  in  Addison  Co.,  Vt.,  and  died  there.  He  was  granted 
a  pension  by  the  Govt.  Mar.  30, 1818.  Joshua  Whitney,  of  Arguile,  Wash.  Co.,  N.  Y., 
sold  land  in  New  Marlborough,  Mass.,  Dec.  31.  1808,  which  fell  to  me  as  heir  to  the 
estate  of  Joshua  Whitney,  Esq.,  late  of  Plainfield,  Conn.,  deed,  and  was  set  off  by  the 
distribution  of  said  estate  to  me.  He  d.  in  1821;  res.  Conn.,  N.  Y.  state,  and  Addison 
Co.,  Vt. 

1411.  i.  William,  b.  May  24,  1795;  m.  Martha  Ann  Perlee. 

541.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Joshua,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Conn.  Oct.,  1755; 
m.  Sarah  Bassett,  b.  Aug.  20,  1775,  d.  Mar.  27,  1861.  She  m.  2d  John  Farnsworth  and 
removed  to  Cayuaga,  N.  Y.  She  was  b.  Aug.  27,  1776;  d,  Mar.  27,  1861.  He  d. 
Aug.  27,  1801;  res.  Granville,  N.  Y. 

1412.  i.  Benjamin,  b.  Apr.  10,  1797;  m.,  and  d.  June  10,  1830,  leaving  7  ch. 

1413.  ii.         Aaron,  b.  Sept.  14,  1798;  m.  Electa  Leach. 

1414.  iii.        Sally,  b.  Oct.  8,  1800;  m".  Jan.  22,  1822,  Lorenzo  Colburn  and  had 


643.    Elijah  Whitney  (John,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., ; 

m.  there  Sept.  24,  1772,  Cloe  Beckley;  res.  Canaan,  Conn. 
Elijah,  b.  Feb.  25, 1773. 
Elisha,  b.  Aug.  10,  1774. 
Joseph,  b.  July  21,  1776;  m.  Mary  P.  Persons. 
Electa,  b. 











544.  Capt, 
r;  m. 

William,  b.  Feb.  22,  1784;  m.  Prudence  Brown. 
Capt.  John  Whitney  (John,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn.,  in 
He  was  buried  in  the  family  lot  in  South  Canaan.     He  d.  Aug.  14, 
1807;  res.  Canaan,  Conn. 

1420.    i.         John,  b.  1796;  d.  Mar.  18,  1809. 

547.     Lebbeus  Whitney  (Caleb,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Aug.  25,  1745;  m. 
Mary  Ann ,  b.  June,  1764.     He  d.  Oct.  5,  1785;  res. . 


1421.  i.  Lebbeus,  b.  Sept.  3, 1775;  d.  Mar.  7, 1776. 

1422.  ii.         Margaret,  b.  Aug.  25,  1776;  m.  Mar.  30,  1794,  John  Gardner,  d. 

Charlestown,  S.  C,  Mar.  26,  1822,  ae.  56.  She  m.  2d  Wm.  H. 
Booth.  She  d.  Sept.  11,  1846,  at  Charlestown,  S.  C.  Ch.:  Henry 
Whitney,  b.  Dec.  22,  1794;  m.  Feb.  6, 1816,  Mary  E.  Sims;  4  ch. 

1423.  iii.       Jacob,  b.  Nov.  2,  1779;  d.  Nov.  9,  1779. 

1424.  iv.       Thomas  Harvey,  b.  Jan.  4,  1781. 

1425.  v.         Archibald,  b.  May  28,  1785;  m.  Mary  Drennes.  • 

652.  John  Merrick  Whitney  (Caleb,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  July  18,  1758; 
m. .     He  d.  bef.  1819;  res.  Georgia. 

1426.  i.  Andrew  G.,  b. .    He  was  an  attorney  at   law  at  Detroit, 

Mich.,  and  d.  there  of  cholera  in  1826.  He  was  married,  but 
none  of  his  children  survived  him. 

553.  James  Rex  Whitney  (Caleb,  William,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Oct.  16,  1760,  in 
Middletown,  Conn.;  m.  Mary  Allen;  d.  Charlestown,  S.  C.,  Nov.  22,  1814.  He  was 
born  in  Middletown,  Conn.,  and  resided  nearly  all  his  life  in  the  south.  Three  years 
before  his  death  he  was  elected  sergeant  at  arms  of  the  Miss,  legislature.  He  d. 
Feb.  4,  1822;  res.  Franklin,  Ga.,  and  Washington,  Miss. 

1427.  i.  Jedediah,  b.  Mar.  3,  1782;  m.  Keziah  Barrett. 

1428.  ii.         Lebbeus,  b.  Oct.  8,  1785;  m.  Elizabeth  Ford. 

1429.  iii.        Mary,  b.  Georgia;  m.  Richard  Hardin;  res.  Hardin's  Ford,  Ga.; 


1430.  iv.       William,  b.  in  1790;  m.  Sarah  Leggett,  Mrs,  Mary  Smith,  and 

Mrs.  Henry  King. 
14'1.    V.         John  Merrick,  b.  June  4,  1792;  m.  Clarissa  Montgomery. 

557.  Cornelius  Whitney  (Matthias,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  at  Killingly, 
Conn.,  July  5, 1749;  m. Graves;  m. 2d  Elizabeth  May;  b.  Rutland,  Vt.;d. . 

He  was  born  in  Killingly,  Conn.,  in  that  part  which  was  subsequently  North  Kil- 
lingly. He  served  four  years  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  a  Connecticut  regiment, 
and  was  at  the  battle  of  Bunker  Hill.  At  the  close  of  the  war  he  moved  to  Granville, 
N.  Y.,  and  later  to  Mexico,  N.  Y.,  where  he  died.  Was  a  farmer.  He  d.  Mar.  24, 
1833;  res.  North  Killingly,  Conn.,  Granville  and  Mexico,  N.  Y. 

Matthias,  b.  May  25,  1776;  m.  Betsey  Barnes. 

James,  b.  Aug.  27,  1779;  m.  Betsey  Law. 

Lyman  Eliphalet,  b.  Feb.  17,  1781;  m.  Lucy  Ellsworth. 

Cornelius,  b.  Jan.  27,  1782;  m.  Rhoda  Gould. 

Sally,  b.  Apr.  22,  1791. 

ZOLVA  (Resolved),  b.  Jan.  11,  1795;  d.  bef.  1874. 

Alice,  b.  Mar.  15, 1799;  d.  bef.  1874. 

RoxA,  b.  June  24,  1801;  m. Williams;  res.  Butler,  N.  Y. 

John,  b.  Jan.  2,  1804;  m.  Nancy  Huntington,  Caroline  M.  Herbert, 
Mrs. Page,  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Moran. 

558.  Joshua  Whitney  (Matthias,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killingly,  Conn., 
Nov.  23,  1751;  m.  Apr.  6, 1775,  Lydia  Bu  Day,  b.  Sept.  30,  1752.  After  his  death  she 
married  again  to  a  Mr.  Wardsworth,  and  d.  Oct.  15,  1817.  He  was  a  farmer.  He  d. 
Sept.  21,  1796;  res.  Rutland,  Vt.,  and  Avon,  N.  Y. 

1441.  i.  Joshua,  b.  June  10,  1782;  m.  Huldah  Markham, 

1442.  ii.  Elkanah,  b. . 

1443.  iii.  David,  b. . 

1444.  iv.  Sarah,  b.  — . 

1445.  V.  Hannah,  b. . 


















660.  David  Whitney  (Matthias,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killingly,  Conn., 
May  3,1754;  m.  Olive  Day;  m.  2d,  Mary  Glassford.  He  died  in  Canada;  res.  Hart- 
ford. Conn.,  and  Augusta,  Canada. 

1446.  i.         Lucy,  b. .  '   1455.    x.        Olive,  b. . 

1447.  ii.        David,  b. .  1456.    xi.       David,  b. . 

1448.  iii.       Cynthia,  b. .  1457.    xii.     Calvin,  b. ;  m. 

1449.  iv.       Comfort,  b. .  Hiltha  Scott,  Caro- 

1450.  V.        Mary,  b. .  line    Conkline   and 

1461.    vi.       Asa,  b. .  '  Isabella  Harrison. 

1452.    vii,      Alanson,  b. .  1468.    xiii.    Asa, . 

1463.    viii.    Samuel,  b. .  1459.    xiv.    John,  b. . 

14.54.    ix.       Sarah,  b. . 



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561.  Samuel  Whitney  (Matthias,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Jan.  2,  1757;  m. 
Apr.  28,  1784,  Tabitha  Warren;  d.  Aug.  22,  1846.  He  served  during  the  Revolution- 
ary war;  was  at  Valley  Forge  in  the  winter  of  1778  unaer  Washington,  and  assisted 
in  rescuing  his  horse  from  the  mire  and  saving  it  from  drowning  by  means  of  a  rope, 
for  which  service  he  was  personally  thanked  by  Gen.  Washington.  After  the  war  he 
was  pensioned,  receiving  $8  per  month  during  his  life.  He  d.  Jan.  7,  1850;  res.  East- 
ford,  Conn. 

Lucy,  b.  June  10, 1785. 

Calvin,  b.  Aug.  10,  1787. 

Samuel,  b.  Mar.  3,  1792. 

Sally,  b.  Feb.  21,  1800. 

Infant,  b.  Sept.  5,  1803. 

Warren,  b.  Dec.  5,  1805;  m.  Diana  R.  Johnson. 

564.  Cornelius  Whitney  (Joshua,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killingly, 
Conn.,  in  1761;  m.  Sarah  Cody,  b.  in  1759;  d.  June  18,  1836. 

He  was  born  about  1761  and  resided  at  Killingly,  Conn.  In  1792  he  moved  to 
Granville,  N.  Y.,  and  in  1825  to  Walworth,  where  he  died  in  his  70th  year.  Most  of 
his  life  he  was  an  innkeeper,  but  during  his  late  years  he  was  a  farmer.  He  d.  Dec. 
4,  1831,  Killingly,  Conn.,  and  res.  Walworth,  Ontario  Co.,  N.  Y. 

1466.    i.  Matilda,  b.  June  17,   1786;  m.  Manuel  Doane;    res.   Granville, 

N.  Y. 
Benj.  C,  b.  Apr.  14,  1788;  m.  Betsey  Marchant. 
Cornelius,  b.  Apr.  30, 1790. 

Laura,  b.  Mar.  20,  1797;  m.  Asa  Parker;  res.  So.  Granville,  N.  Y. 
Lorex,  b.  Apr.  12,  1799;  m.  Electa  Houck,  b.  June  23,  1801.     He 
d.  s.  p.  Feb.  15,  1858;  res.  Ontario,  N.  Y.     She  d.  Aug.  15,  1861. 
Sidney,  b.  Oct.  21,  1801;  m.  Caroline  Palmer. 
Erastus,  b.  Apr.  21,  1793;  d.  in  Granville,  N.  Y. 
Harvey,  b.  Oct.  18,  1794;  d.  in  Granville,  N.  Y. 

565.'  Joseph  Whitney  (Joshua,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Killinglv,  Conn.,  in 
1753;  m.  there  Anna  Eames,  b.   in  1760;  d.  in  Ontario,   N.  Y.,  Oct.  29,  1^38. 

Joseph  Whitney,  son  of  Joshua  Whitney,  born  Oct.  24,  1753,  was  a  soldier  in  the 
war  of  the  Revolution,  married  Anna  Eames,  the  daughter  of  Mark  Eames,  of 
Killingly,  Conn.,  about  1784,  moved  to  Granville,  Washington  Co.,  N.  Y.,  soon  after, 
followed  the  occupation  of  farming,  rearing  a  large  family,  and  in  1827  moved  with 
his  son  William  to  Ontario,  Wayne  Co.,  N.  Y.,  with  whom  he  lived  until  his  death, 
Jan.  24,  1837,  which  event  was  hastened  by  an  injury  caused  by  a  colt  running 
against  him  while  driving  a  number  of  them  to  water.  In  religion  a  Baptist,  as 
were  nearly  all  his  descendants.  He  d.  Jan.  24,  1837;  res.  Granville  and  Ontario, 
N.  Y. 

Paul,  b. . 

Eda,  b. . 

Anne,  b. . 

Joseph,  b. . 

Lydia,  b. 
































William,  b.  Dec.  7,  1798;  m.  Deborah  M.  Duel. 

Matilda,  b. ;  m.  Ezra  Dewell;  res.  Ontario  Centre,  N.  Y. 

Betsey,  b.  Dec.  7, 1798. 
Reba,  b. . 

566.     Matthias  Whitney  (Joshua,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Hancock,  Mass., 

Apr.  19,  1757;  m.  abt.  1782-3,  Dorcas ;  b.  1762;  d.  Apr.  12,  1793:  m.  2d  in  1793, 

Olive ;  b.  July  12, 1761.     Res.  Hancock,  Mass.,  Granville  and  Fort  Ann,  N.  Y. 

'  ""      ■  Willard,  b.  Jan.  25,  1784. 

Sylvester,  b.  Aug.  15,  1785;  m.  Laura  Yale. 

Sarah,  b.  June  24.  1787. 

Mary,  b  Oct.  24,  1788;  m. Hosmer;  res.  Clifton,  N.  Y. 

Lucy,  b.  Feb.  25,  1791. 

John,  b.  Mar.  7,  1793;  m.  Christina  Stafford. 

Matthias,  b.  Oct.  3.  1794;  m.  Rebecca  B.  Otis. 

Silas,  b.  Apr.  5,  1798.     • 

Laura,  b.  Apr.  24,  1803. 

Susan,  b.  Oct.  23,  1810. 


,  u. 





















668.    RuFUS  Whitney  (Joshua,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  — ;  m.  Sarah 

Graves.     He  d.  in  Dec,  1800;  res.  Granville,  N.  Y. 

1490.  i.         Wm.  Graves,  b.  Sept.  16, 1800;  m.  Lydia  Marchant. 

569.  Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  Cornelius,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Providence,  R.  I., 
in  1769;  m.  in  1786,  Phebe  Parker.  He  d.  Aug.  22, 1810;  res.  Granville,  Fleming,  and 
Aurelius,  N.  Y. 

1491.  i.         Chauncey  P.,  b.  Feb.  11,  1789;  m.  Sally  Edson. 

1492.  ii.        Joshua,  b. ;  m.  and  had  a  son  Leonard. 

1493.  iii.       WiLLARD  W.,  b.  Mar.  10,  1810;  m.  Laura  Wheeler  Pearsall. 

583.  Lieut.  Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., 
Jan.  16,  1746;  m.  in  Salisbury,  Conn.,  Jan.  9,  1770,  Anna  Ashley,  dau.  of  John,  justice 
of  the  peace,  b.  Feb.  20,  1748;  d.  Feb.  28.  1822, 

He  was  born  in  Canaan,  Conn.  According  to  the  probate  records  he  chose 
Col.  David  Whitney,  of  C,  his  guardian  Feb.  17,  1769.  He  was  then  called  son  of 
Joshua,  formerly  of  Preston,  deceased.  He  was  living  in  Salisbury,  Conn.,  in  1770, 
and  moved  to  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  in  1793.  He  engaged  in  farming  and  later  in  the 
manufacture  of  iron,  which  was  largely  made  into  anchors  for  ships,  also  in  mer- 
cantile business.  His  eldest  son  and  Asa  were  associated  with  him.  He  was  acci- 
dentally killed.  Record  of  service  of  a  Joshua  Whitney  in  Revolutionarv  war,  viz: 
"  Private  in  the  3d  Conn.  Regt.  from  May  19  to  Nov.  13,  1775.  Enlisted  March  16, 
1776,  in  Capt.  Joel  Dickinson's  Co.,  in  Col.  Samuel  Elmore's  Continental  Regiment  of 
Connecticut  for  1  year.  Was  promoted  Sergt.  Enlisted  in  8th  regiment, '  Connecti- 
cut line,'  in  early  part  of  1777.  Appointed  Sergt.  April,  1777;  Ensign  Dec.  30,  1777; 
Lieut.  Aug.  21,  1780.  Served  in  Third  Regiment,  'Conn.  Line,'  after  reformation  of 
troops  from  Jan.  to  June,  1783,  and  'Retired  with  regiment  June,  1783.'"  He  d. 
Aug.  3,  1808;  res.  Salisbury  and  Canaan,  Conn.,  and  Pittsfield,  Mass. 

1494.  i.  Asa,  b.  Feb.  23,  1784;  m.  Betsey  Childs. 

1496.    ii.         Noah  Ashley,  b.  Dec.  26,  1770;  m.  Olive  Darwin  and  Mrs.  Eliza- 
beth Rose. 

1496.  iii.       Anna,  b.  July  6,  1774;  m.  Apr.  16,  1793,  Samuel  Hyde.     He  was  b. 

Sept.  13,  1768;  d.  Jan.  5,  1813.  She  d.  Feb.  12,  1861.  Ch.:  Mary 
Ann,  b.  Jan.  26,  1794;  m.  Jan.  11,  1819,  John  Schenck.  She  d. 
Aug. 27, 1832,  leaving  Mrs.  W.  A.  Ball,  res.  Abelman,  Wis.,  Horace 
P.,  res.  Algona,  Iowa;  Mrs.  H.  A.  Kellogg,  res.  Abelman.  Wis.; 
Lyman,  b.  Apr.  19,  1796;  d.  Jan.,  1867;  Hiram,  b.  Nov.  12,  1798; 
d.  May  24,  1828;  Porter,  b.  Apr.  9,  1801;  d.  Jan.  30,  1868. 

1497.  iv.       Joshua,  b.  Jan.  6,  1777;  m.  Eunice  Clark. 

1498.  V.         Huldah,  b. Sept.  8,1779;   m.  Williams  Williams  Colt;  b.  near 

Pittsfield,  Mass.,  Mar.  6,  1775,  son  of  James  Dennison  Colt  and 
Mariam  Williams.  She  d.  Pittsford,  Monroe  Co.  N.  Y.,  Jan.  28, 
1858.  He  d.  same  place,  Nov.,  1847.  Was  a  farmer.  Removed 
to  western  N.  Y.,  1817.  Both  of  his  legs  were  broken  by  acci- 
dent while  a  young  man,  and  he  ever  after  walked  with  a  cane. 
Ch.:  All  b.  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  except  the  last  one.  1,  Juliann, 
July  20,  1800,  d.  Oct.  17,  1803;  2,  Harris  Porter,  Apr.  25,  1803,  d. 
Westfield,  N.  Y.,  Apr.  3,  1863.  He  m.  1st,  Almina  Kellogg,  b. 
Apr.  20,  1812,  and  d.  Apr.  11,  1832;  m.  2d,  Orilla  L.  Baldridge, 
Nov.  7,  1833,  b.  Sept.  3,  1810,  and  d.  Westfield,  N.  Y.,  Jan.  19, 

1873.    Ch.  by   1st  wife:  William   J.,  Jan.   16,  1820;   res. ; 

Clarissa,  June   7,   1828;  res.   ;  Almina,  Oct.  6,  1832,  d.  at 

age  of  3  mos.  Ch.  by  2d  wife:  Theodore,  Sept.  b,  1834,  d.  Dec. 
7,  1864;  Miriam  O.,  Feb.  7, 1836;  res.  Westfield,  N.  Y.;  Sidney  W., 
Sept.  11,  1838,  d.  Nov.  18,  1862;  Ashley  W.,  Aug.  23,  1840,  d.  Jan. 
19, 1878;  De  Azro  B..  Oct.  25, 1846;  res.  Westfield,  N.  Y.;  Miriam 
0.,m.DennisSmith,  Nov.20, 1867.  He  d.  Dec.  3,  1886.  She  is  yet 
a  widow,  and  res.  Westfield;  3,  Juliette  T..  June  30.  1805,  d.  June 
19,  1836;  4,  Lucy  Whitney,  Aug.  18,  1807,  d.  Feb.  12,  1870;  6, 
Mary  A.,  Sept.  3,  1810,  d.  July  18,  1822;  6,  Ashley  Whitney, 
Sept.  9,  1812,  d.  1876;  res.  Naperville  and  Lockport,  111.;  a  son- 
in-law  is  James  C.  Rogers,  Board  of  Trade,  Chicago,  111.;  7, 
Sarah  C,  June  16, 1818,  d.  July  11,  1839.  3,  Lucy  Whitney  Colt 
m.  Benjamin  Bishop  Cone,  son  of  Noah  Cone,  Jr.,  and  Rachel 
Bishop.     He  was  b.  in  Litchfield  Co.,  Conn.,  Jan.  19,  1797,  and 


d.  in  Pittsford,  Monroe  Co.,  N.Y.,  July  28,  1843.  He  was  a  farm- 
er, stockraiser  and  dealer.  He  purchased  his  cattle  in  St. 
Louis,  and  drove  them  through  io  western  New  York,  many 
hundred  miles.  He  commenced  this  business  as  earlv  as  1^37. 
Ch.:  Mary  Ann,  b.  Penfield,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y.,  Oct.'  12,  1834, 
unm.,  res.  West  Henrietta,  N.  Y.;  William  Whitney,  b.  Perinton, 
Monroe  Co.,  Dec.  18,  1836,  res.  1405  Polk  St.,  Topeka,  Kan.; 
Sarah  Colt,  b.  Pittsford,  Monroe  Co.,  Apr.  16,  1839,  d.  East  Leb- 
anon, N.  Y. 

1499.  vi.        Wealthy,  b.  Jan.  6,  1788;  m.  Feb.  27,  1806,  Levi  Goodrich.     He 

was  b.  Dec.  9,  1785;  d.  Aug.  8,  1868;  she  d.  July  24,  1858.  Ch.: 
Horace,  b.  Apr.  29,  1807;  d.  Nov.  18,  1807;  Mary  W.,  b.  Dec.  5, 
1808;  m.  Sept.  15,  1837,  Francis  Hinsdale,  and  d.  Jan.  22,  1841; 
Noah  W.,  b.  May  17,  1811;  m.  Sept.  26,  1832,  Abby  P.  Goodrich; 
he  d.  Jan.  9,  1875;  Horace  P.,  b.  Mar.  16,  1813;  m.  Oct.  3,  1843, 
Mary  E.  Mills;  res.  Cortland,  N.  Y.;  Milton,  b.  July  1,  1815;  m. 
Nov.  29,  1840,  Caroline  O.  Barnes;  he  d.  Sept.  4,  1851;  Har- 
riett E.,  b.  Aug.  16,  1817;  m.  Apr.  20,  1837,  Geo.  A.  Foxcroft;  she 
d.  Apr.  20,  1894;  a  daughter  res.  Pittsfield,  Mass.;  Wealthy  A., 
b.  Mar.  17,  1820;  m.  Sept.  10,  1846,  Edwin  Saunders;  she  d.  June 
20,  1887;  he  res.  Pittsfield,  Mass.;  Caroline  W.,  b.  Dec.  18,  1822; 
m.  May  13,  1846,  Dr.  Charles  Bailey;  res.  Pittsfield,  Mass  ;  Lucy 
P.,  b.  Aug.  23,  1825;  m.  May  1, 1845,  Thaddeus  Clapp;  res.  Pitts- 
field; Abby  Maria,  b.  Apr.  24,  1828;  d.  May  8,  1841. 

1500.  vii.       Porter,  b.  Nov.  8,  1781;  d.  June  18.  1801. 

1501.  viii.     Charlotte,  b.  Apr.  7,  1792;  d.  Aug.  22,  1865. 

1502.  ix.        William,  b.  May  21,  1786;  d.  July  12,  1787. 

584.    Asa  Whitney  (Joshua,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  in  1743;  m.  Aug.  5,  1762, 

Sarah  ;  m.  2d,  in  Salisbury,  Conn.,  Oct.  23,  1776,  Hepsibath  Watrous,  b.  1745;  d. 

May  21,  1815. 

He  was  born  in  Preston,  Conn.,  in  1743;  resided  there  and  afterwards  at  Salis- 
bury, where  he  married  his  second  wife.  About  1786  he  moved  to  Pittsfield,  Mass., 
where  he  afterwards  lived  and  died.  He  sold  land  at  Mt.  Washington,  Mass.,  May 
24,  1792.   He  d.  Aug.  10, 1803;  res.  Salisbury  and  Preston,  Conn.,  and  Pittsfield,  Mass. 

1503.  i.  Annah,  b.  Mar.  4.  1764;  d  Jan.  29,  1766. 

1504.  ii.        SARAH.b.  Feb.  1,1766;  m.  Feb.  27,  1786,  Elijah  Williams  Cobb;  res. 

Berkshire,  N.  Y.  He  was  b.  Sept.  24,  1766;  res.  Canaan,  Conn., 
until  1802.  They  rem.  to  Lennox,  Mass.,  and  later  to  Berkshire, 
N.  Y.,  where  he  died  in  May,  1816,  ae.  51,  and  she  June  13,  1825, 
ae.  54.  They  are  both  interred  in  the  same  cemetery  with  John 
Brown,  and  near  his  grave. 

Joshua,  b.  Mar.  20,  1768;  d.  Jan,  3.  1773. 

Lucv,  b.  May  18,  1770;  d.  Dec.  18,  1797. 

Shubael,  b.  Aug.  15,  1772;  m.  Sarah  Mitchell. 

Geo.  Washington,  b.  Sept.  1,  1777;  d.  Dec.  12,  1777. 

Appleton  D.,b.  Jan.  4, 1779;  m.  Esther  Jewett  and  Dolly  Wyman. 

Mary,  b.  Nov.  6,  1780;  d.  same  day. 

Sarah,  b.  Nov.  6,  1780;  d.  same  day. 

James  Watrous,  b.  Jan.  19,  1782.  James  W.  Whitney  was  a 
noted  character  in  the  early  days  of  Pike  county.  111.  He  was 
more  generally  known  as  "  Lord  Coke,"  on  account  of  his  knowl- 
edge of  the  law.  He  was  a  teacher  of  the  second  school  at 
Atlas,  but  having  no  family  or  permanent  home  he  was  often 
about  the  county  and  at  Springfield.  He  was  the  first  circuit 
and  county  clerk  and  held  many  local  offices,  was  a  native  of 
Massachusetts,  a  man  of  considerable  education  and  had  a 
knowledge  of  Latin.  He  went  to  Illinois  before  it  was  a  state  and 
resided  near  Edwardsville.  It  is  said  there  was  a  hidden  sorrow 
in  his  early  life  which  was  a  delicate  matter  to  touch  upon. 
He  wrote  a  very  peculiar  hand.  At  first  sight  he  would  be 
taken  for  a  well-preserved  preacher  or  schoolmaster  of  the  days 
of  the  earlier  Adamses.  His  dress  was  plain  and  even  homely, 
his  hair  was  sparse  and  all  combed  to  the  back  of  his  head 
and  often  tied  with  a  buckskin  string  or  black  shoestring  as 


















a  cue.  He  was  always  welcomed  by  the  lonely  pioneers.  He 
was  also  known  as  the  "  Speaker  of  the  Lobby,"  as  he  was  the 
leaier  of  that  branch  of  the  Legislature  for  many  years.  The 
citizens,  judges  and  legislators  at  Vandalia  were  all  agog  to 
witness  the  convening  of  the  Lobby.  It  was  a  great  event.  A 
throng  would  assemble  and,  after  some  ceremony,  "  Lord  Coke  " 
would  mount  the  stand  and  call  the  house  to  order.  He 
would  deliver  his  annual  message  which  would  be  received 
with  cheers  and  laughter.  Many  hits  and  jokes  would  be  em- 
bodied in  the  message.  Sometimes  the  satire  was  very  broad. 
He  presided  over  the  Lobby  with  magisterial  sway.  Many  of 
the  reports  from  committees  would  be  submitted  which  would 
be  in  accord  with  their  burlesque  titles.  These  reports  were 
often  written  by  Lord  Coke  himself,  and  there  was  a  broad 
personality  in  them,  rather  Hudibrastic.  He  died  Dec.  13,  1860. 
[History  Pike  Co.,  111.] 

1513.  xi.       Milton,  b.  Apr.  7,  1786;  m.  Lydia  Cleveland. 

585.    JosiAH   Whitney   (Joshua,   David,   Joshua,  John),  b.  ;    m, 

;  m.  2d,  at  Addison,  Vt.,  Dec.  6,  1818,  Susanna  Hinds;  res.  Addison,  Vt.,  and 

Chautauqua  Co.,  N.  Y. 

1514.  i.  Polly,  b. ;  m. Colburn. 

i.         Amy,  b. ;  unm. 

ii.        Nancy,  b. ;  m. Ferguson. 

V.        HuLDAH,  b. ;    m.  Alanson  Smith  of  Addison. 

1518.    V.        Joshua,  b 

586.    Gen.  David  Whitney  (Joshua,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Conn,  in  1755;  m. 
m.  2d, ;  m.  3d  at  Addison,  Vt.,  Mar.  3,  1818,  Eliza  Wil- 

son, b.  in  1802,  d.  at  Bridport,  Vt.,  Sept.  3,  1884. 

Gen.  David  Whitney  came  into  Addison  soon  after  the  close  of  the  Revolution, 
and  settled  on  the  farm  previously  owned  by  Kellogg.  He  afterward  removed  to 
the  farm  on  the  north  bank  of  Ward's  Creek,  where  he  lived  until  a  few  years  pre- 
vious to  his  death,  when  he  moved  to  Bridport,  where  he  died  May  10,  1850,  at  the 
age  of  93.  He  was  a  member  of  the  Constitutional  Conventions  of  1793,  1814,  1836, 
and  1843;  represented  Addison  in  1790,  1792,  1793,  1797,  1798,  1808  to  1815,  and  1824. 
He  was  a  shrewd  politician  and  always  one  of  the  leading  men  in  the  town;  possessed 
considerable  conversational  powers,  spiced  with  a  quiet  vein  of  humor.  I  recollect 
his  account  of  having  the  lake  fever  soon  after  he  came  into  town,  and  as  it  illus- 
trates the  practice  of  the  day,  I  give  it:  It  was  whilst  he  lived  on  the  Kellogg  farm. 
He  was  taken  very  sick — pulse  bounding,  eyes  bloodshot  and  starting  from  their 
sockets,  the  blood  coursing  through  his  veins  like  liquid  fire.  The  doctor  was  sent 
for;  on  arriving,  ordered  every  window  and  door  closed,  although  it  was  in  the 
hottest  of  dog  days — cold  water  forbidden,  warm  drinks  ordered.  Thus  days  and 
nights  of  intolerable  suffering  went  by,  and  when  he  begged  for  just  one  drop  of 
water  it  was  denied.  One  night  two  neighbors,  weary  and  tired  from  the  harvest 
field,  came  in  to  watch  through  the  night.  One  of  them  soon  dropped  off  to  sleep; 
the  other,  more  enduring,  still  kept  watch.  At  midnight,  after  giving  the  general 
his  medicine,  he  brought  in  a  pail  of  water,  fresh  from  the  well.  How  quick  the 
sick  man  would  have  given  the  wealth  of  the  Indies  for  one  draught  of  that  spark- 
ling water.  Could  he  not  by  stratagem  secure  it?  He  feigned  sleep,  and  the  tired 
man,  fixing  himself  as  comfortably  as  possible,  was  soon  in  a  sound  sleep.  Whitney 
now  crawled  from  the  bed  on  his  hands  and  knees,  and  made  his  way  to  the  pail. 
With  what  eagerness  he  clutched  the  cup  and  drained  it,  draught  after  draught.  He 
then  wished  he  could  breathe  a  little  fresh  air,  it  was  so  stifling  where  he  was.  The 
man  still  slept;  be  opened  the  door.  How  still  and  quiet  everything  lay  in  the 
moonlight.  The  dew  on  the  grass  sparkling  like  diamonds — the  chirp  of  the  cricket 
alone  broke  the  silence.  How  delicious  was  the  night  wind,  as  it  fanned  his  fevered 
cheek  and  burning  brow.  The  idea  of  escape  from  his  prison,  as  he  regarded  it, 
presented  itself,  and  instantly  he  started,  crossing  the  road  and  through  a  thicket 
hedge  that  grew  beside  the  fence,  into  a  meadow,  and  plunging  down  amid  the  tall 
wet  grass,  he  clapped  his  hands  for  joy,  as  he  rolled  from  side  to  side.  But  now  the 
fever  is  upon  him;  the  fire  is  quenched  and  his  strength  is  gone.  He  cannot  rise. 
The  watchers  have  missed  him.  They  shout  his  name.  He  tries  to  answer  but  is 
too  weak.  They  find  and  carry  him  to  the  house,  and  in  alarm  run  for  the  doctor. 
He  does  not  get  there  until  morning.    A  quiet,  refreshing  sleep  has  removed  all 


symptoms  of  fever.  The  doctor  would  give  him  pill  and  potion,  but  the  General 
would  none  of  it,  and  told  him  that  he  had  a  new  doctor,  old  Dame  Nature,  who 
seemed  to  understand  the  case  altogether  the  best,  and  he  should  trust  to  her. 
Returning  health  showed  his  judgment  in  choosing.  Ague  and  fever,  and  bilious 
intermittent  prevailed  extremely  in  the  early  settlement  of  the  town,  but  for  quite  a 
number  of  years  little  or  none  has  been  known.  General  Whitney  lived  to  be  98. 
[From  the  Vermont  Historical  Gazetteer.] 

His  right  arm  was  amputated  after  he  was  80  years  of  age,  and  he  then  learned 
to  write  with  his  left  hand. 

The  following  is  all  the  information  I  have  been  able  to  find  in  regard  to  Gen. 
David  Whitney  in  the  adjutant-general's  office  at  Vermont:  He  served  as  a  private 
four  days  in  Capt.  Abraham  Salisbury's  company  in  1780,  and  also  twelve  days  in  1781 
under  the  same  command.  Was  a  member  of  the  General  Assembly  in  Oct.  1790, 
and  Oct.  18,  1793,  Col.  David  Whitney  was  elected  brigadier-general  of  the  6th 
brigade.  Was  a  member  of  the  General  Assembly  in  Oct.,  1797,  1798, 1809,  and  1812. 
It  does  not  appear  that  he  was  ever  adjutant-general.  These  facts  came  from  a 
Vermont  history  called  "  Governor  and  Council."  Gen.  W'hitney  served  in  the  Revo- 
lutionary war,  in  the  early  part  in  the  Connecticut  line,  and  more  than  I  have  found 
on  the  rolls,  but  the  Vermont  records  are  very  imperfect  and  unsatisfactory  in 
every  way.     He  was  pensioned  March  4,  1831. 

N.  S.  Bennett,  town  clerk  at  Bridport,  sends  the  following  of  Gen.  Whitney:  Gen. 
David  Whitney,  who  died  in  this  town  May  10,  A.  D.  1850,  aged  93  years,  was  for- 
merly a  resident  of  Addison,  an  adjoining  town  to  this.  He  bought  a  small  place  in 
this  town  in  1839,  where  he  lived  awhile,  and  subsequently  sold  that  and  purchased 
another  in  the  village,  where  he  lived  and  died,  leaving  a  widow,  who  was  his  third 
wife,  but  he  never  had  any  children  of  his  own  by  either  wife.  His  last  wife  was 
a  Miss  Eliza  Wilson  of  this  town  whom  he  married  when  he  was  at  the  age  of  60 
years  and  she  was  16  years  old.  She  died  in  this  town  age  82  years.  He  d.,  s.  p., 
May  10,  1850;  res.  Addison  and  Bridport,  Vt. 

601.  Samuel  Whitney  (Solomon,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., 
June  6,  1759;  m. . 

Samuel  Whitney  was  born  in  Canaan,  Conn.,  and  after  the  death  of  his  father 
moved  to  Vermont,  where  he  died  quite  suddenly  of  apoplexy.  His  wife  died  of 
consumption.     He  d.  in  1814;  res.  Chittenden  Co.,  Vt. 

1519.    i.         David,  b.  Mar.  4,  1796;  m.  Margaret  Karr. 

602.  Tarball  Whitney  (Solomon,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., 
June  30,  1763;  m.  in  Huntington,  Pa.,  Dec.  15,  1785,  Mrs.  Lois  Lawrence,  widow  of 
James  Hopkins,  b.  June  "7,  1757,  d.  Aug.  30,  1840. 

Tarball  Whitney  was  born  in  Canaan,  Conn.  Soon  after  the  death 
of  his  father  he  moved  to  Poultney,  Vt.,  and  was  residing  there  in  1781, 
for  his  name  is  found  on  the  tax  list.  Later  he  moved  to  Huntington,  Pa., 
and  still  later  to  Almond,  N.  Y.,  where  he  died.  His  wife  was  the  widow  of 
James  Hopkins,  who  was  killed  by  the  Indians  at  the  battle  of  Wyoming. 
She  left  the  valley  on  foot,  carrying  her  child  with  her  in  her  arms,  though  soon  to 
give  birth  to  another.  There  is  a  tradition  in  the  family  that  he  was  named  after  an 
Indian  chief.  This  is  probably  erroneous,  the  name  Tarball  comes  from  an  old 
family  in  Groton,  Mass.,  where  Tarball's  ancestor  resided.  He  d.  Aug,  17,  1850, 
res.  Almond,  N.  Y.;  Poultney,  Vt.,  in  1781. 

RuFUS,  b.  Dec.  IB,  1796;  m.  Laura  Maria  Picket. 

William,  b.  Apr.  23,  1802;  m.  Louisa  Allen. 

Ami,  b.  July  28,  1793;  m.  Rachel  Osgood. 

Sarah,  b.  Aug.  28,  1787;  m.  1808  Joseph  Karr;  res.  Almond,  N.  Y. 
She  d.  Feb.  4,  1833;  son  Joseph,  res.  Almond. 

Solomon,  b.  Apr.  29,  1790;  m.  Sarah  A.  Haskins. 

Tarball,  b.  Mar.  14,  1800;  d.  Sept.  6,  1803. 

603.  Solomon  Whitney  (Solomon,  David,  Joshua,  John),  b.  Canaan,  Conn., 
Nov.  15,  1766;  m.  at  Poultney,  Vt.,  Polly  Marshall,  b.  Aug.  17,  1767;  d.  Feb.  23,  1837, 
at  Poultney. 

He  was  born  at  Canaan,  Conn.,  and  soon  after  reaching  his  majority  moved  to 
Poultney,  Vt.  There  he  married,  purchased  land  and  conducted  a  large  farm  until 
his  death  in  1854,     He  d.  Sept.  1854;  res.  Poultney,  Vt. 

1526.    i.  John.  b.  Sept.  1,  1791;  m.  Sally  Hollenbeck. 














1527.  ii.         Sally,  b.  Feb.  23, 1787;  m.  in  Poultney,  Oliver  Lawrence  Angevine, 

He  was  b.  1779;  d.  Poultney,  Vt.,  Sept.  26,  1870,  ae.  91,  was  a 
farmer.  Ch.:  Solomon;  Mary;  Harriett,  m.  James  Howe,  res. 
Martinsburg,  Mo.;  Hiel;  Charity,  m.  Nathaniel  Mitchell,  res. 
Fairhaven,  V^t.;  James;  Mary;  Ann;  Parcellus,  res.  Omro,  Wis.; 
John;  Harvey;  Sarah,  m.  Henry  Farmer,  res.  Fairhaven. 

1528.  iii.        Solomon,  b.  June  4,  1793;  m.  Nancy  Hurlbut. 

1529.  iv.        Lucy,  b.  Nov.  11,  1786;  m.  Harvey  Finel;  res.  Poultney,  Vt. 

1530.  v.        Polly,  b.  May  22,  1796;  m.  in  Poultney,  Caleb  Butler.    Soon  after 

their  marriage  they  moved  to  Waukegan,  111.,  where  they 

1531.  vi.        Chester,  b.  May  22,  1798;  m.  Ruth  Crane.    He  d.  Aug.  6,  1845, 

in  Poultney,  Vt. 

1532.  vii.       Lydia,  b.  Apr.  8,  1800;  m.  Harvey  Malary. 

1533.  viii.     Ruth,  b.  Sept.  22,  1804;  m.  in  Poultney,  Vt.,  A.  B.  Church;  res. 

Rochester,  N.  Y.,  and  Hamburg,  S.  C. 

1534.  ix.        ICHABOD,  b.  May  7,  1789;  d.  unm.  1807. 

1535.  X.         Eliza,  b.  Mar.  4,  1807. 

604.  Samuel  Whitney  (Samuel,  John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Brunswick,  Me.^ 
Sept.  15, 1732;  m.  Mary . 

He  was  born  in  Brunswick,  Me.,  and  during  the  French  and  Indian  war  in 
1754  was  taken  prisoner  to  Quebec.  He  was  sold  for  a  certain  sum  and  released  in 
1761,  after  the  war  was  over.  There  is  a  petition  in  the  statehouse  at  Boston  which 
he  sent  to  the  Great  and  General  Court,  praying  for  ransom.  In  the  records  of  the 
First  Baptist  Church  at  New  Meadows  there  is  this  entry: 

"Samuel  Whitney,  deacon,  dismissed  to  a  church  to  be  gathered  at  St.  John's 
River,  eastward." 

Mary  Whitney,  wife  of  Deacon  S.  W.,  dismissed  to  St.  John's  River,  October, 
1765.  It  would  be  interesting  to  know  if  the  town  of  Whitneyville  resulted  from  this 
dismissal;  res. ,  Me. 

1536.  i.  Ebenezer,  b. ;  m. . 

1537.  ii.         Joel,  b. .     He  was  a  soldier  in  the  war  of  1812,  and  d.  unm. 

at  Plattsburg,  N.  Y.,  in  the  service  in  1812  of  fever. 

1538.  iii.        Thomas  G.,b. ;  m. , and  Mrs. Thornton. 

605.  Jonathan  Whitney'  (Samuel,  John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  Dec. 
21,  17:34;  m.  at  Bath,  Me.,  Mary  Austin. 

He  was  born  in  the  old  town  of  York,  Me.,  but  moved  to  Brunswick  with  his 
parents  at  an  early  age.  He  settled  in  Bath,  Me.,  and  died  there  in  his  eighty-fourth 
year.  He  was  captured  by  the  Indians  at  New  Meadows  in  Bath  when  but  seventeen 
years  of  age.  He  was  also  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary  war.  He  d.  Nov.  1816;  res. 
Bath,  Me. 

1539.  Amos,  b.  Apr.  18,  1766;  m.  Abigail  Springer. 

604a.  Abraham  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  1752;  m.  in 
Lisbon,  Aphia  Coombs,  b.  ;  d. .  He  was  a  farmer;  was  in  the  Revolution- 
ary war  and  received  a  pension.     He  d. ;  res.  Lisbon,  Me. 

Abram,  b. ;  m.  Ann  Conant. 

Peter,  b. ;  m. Hinckley. 

Benjamin,  b.  Nov.  29,  1776;  m.  Bethiah  Woodward. 

Thomas,  b. ;  m.  Susan  Cowing. 

Sarah,  b.  Feb.  22,  1792;  m.  Jan.  1,  1812,  William  Woodward;  res. 
Lisbon.  She  d.  Feb.  20,  1845;  he  m.  2d  Oct.  19,  1845,  Betsey 
Clough.  He  d.  in  Lewiston,  Jan.  28,  1880.  Ch. :  Moses,  b.  Oct.  22,. 
1812;  Nathan  Coombs,  b.  Aug.  17,  1814;  Abram  Whitney,  b. 
Feb.  4,  1817;  Harriett  Whittemore,  b.  Mar.  1,1819;  Jane  S.,  b. 
Dec.  2,  1820;  Marcia  Ann,  b.  May  6,  1824;  Wm.  Gardner  F.„ 
b.  Apr.  24,  1836;  Susan  Elizabeth,  b.  May  22,  1837. 

1545.  vi.        Mercy,  b. ;  m.  John  Godfrey. 

1546.  vii.      Joseph  Stockbridge,  b. ;  m.  Betsey  Philbrook. 

1547.  viii.     Isaac,  b. ;  drowned,  ae.  20. 

1548.  ix.        Aphia,  b. ;  d.  ae.  18. 

1549.  x.         MEHiTABLE,b. ;  m,  Jesse  Allen. 

606a.    Jacob  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John   Benjamin,  John),  said  to  have  been 
in  Conn,  and  his  father  was  Jacob;  b.  Lisbon,  Me.,  June  11,  1763;  m.  July  11,1787^ 
























VI 1. 


Hannah  Mills;  b.  July  17,  1760;  d. .     He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war.     He 

d.  May,  1846;  res.  Phillips,  Me. 

1550.     vi.        Samuel  L.,  b.  Aug.  3,  1799;  m.  Belinda  S.  Howard. 

James  M.,  b.  Oct.  9,  1790;  m. ,  Hinckley. 

Christopher  A.,  b.  Apr.  3,  1793;  m.  Adeline  Howard. 

JosiAH  S.,  b.  Aug.  1,  1807;  res.  in  Chippewa  Falls,  Wis.,  in  1875. 

Mary  M.,  b.  June  27,  1788. 

Patience,  b.  Feb.  26,  1795. 

Joseph,  b.  Tan.  26,  1797. 

John  B.,  b.  Nov.  5,  1801. 

607a.  Nathan  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  about  1768;  m. 
Sarah  Godfrey;  d.  Mar.  21,  1827;  m.  2d  Fanny  Shepard.  He  was  a  farmer.  He  d. 
in  Sept.,  1849;  res.  Lisbon  and  Gardiner,  Me. 

1558.  i.         Abiezer  H.,  b.  Mar.  29, 1794;  m.  Elizabeth  White  and  Mrs.  Susan 


1559.  ii.         Rebecca  S.,  b.  1801;  m.  at  Lisbon,  Robert  Gould;  b.  Pitson,  Me., 

1796;  d.  at  Gardiner  in  1835.  He  was  a  merchant  and  ship 
owner.  Ch.:  Geo.  A.,  lost  at  sea  in  1843  in  the  brig  "  Netarnis'  ; 
Henry  G.,  res.  34  Coney  St.,  New  Orleans,  La.;  F.  Delia; 
Edward  G.,  d.  aged  three  years;  Sarah  E.,  d.  in  Tryon,  N.  C,  in 
1892;  her  dau.  is  Mrs.  F.  A.  Bowman,  at  Tryon,  N.  C.;  Robert. 

1560.  iii.       Bathsheba,  b.  1800;  m. Hamlin;  d.  s.  p. 

1561.  iv.        John  G.,  b.  Mar.  3,  1798;  m.  Mary  Allen. 

1562.  V.         Otis,  b. ;  m.  twice. 

1563.  vi.        Elias  S.,  b.  1809;  m.  Sarah  Godfrey. 

1564.  vii.       Thankful,  b. ;  m. Kimball. 

1565.  viii.      Hannah,  b. ;  m. Folsom. 

1566.  ix.        Calvin,  b. ;  m.  twice. 

1567.  X.         Selinda,  b. ;  m. Bragdon. 

1568.  xi.       Nathan,  b. . 

1569.  xii.      Sarah,  b. . 

1570.  xiii.     RuEL,  b. . 

610.  Samuel  Whitney  (Benjamin,  John,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  1774;  m.  Lydia 
Curit;  res. ,  Me. 

1571.  i.         Eliza,  b. . 

1572.  ii.         Jacob,  b.  Oct.  14,  1804;  m. . 

1573.  lii.       John,  b. 

1574.  iv.  Isabel,  b. — . 

1575.  V.  Mercy,  b. . 

1576.  vi.  Lydia,  b. . 

1577.  vii.  Samuel,  b. . 

616.    Capt.  Moses  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel.  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Gor- 

ham.  Me.,  1739;  m.  Mollv  Page,  b.  England;  d. ;  m.  2d.  Abigail ;  d.  Oct. 

8, 1844. 

He  was  a  man  of  remarkable  physical  strength  and  courage.  He  was  a  sturdy, 
unyielding,  self-reliant  character,  but  with  much  kindness  of  heart.  He  moved  to 
Harrison,  Me.,  from  Gorham,  in  1815.  He  was  captain  in  the  French  and  Indian 
war,  and  also  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war.  Ridlon,  in  his  History  of  Harrison, 
says:  "The  Whitney  family  is  remarkable  for  its  firmness  and  force  of  character  of 
its  members.  Indeed  they  are  a  people  of  singular  stability  and  persistency  of  pur- 
pose. They  have  been  possessed  of  strong  physical  organizations,  and  frequently 
lived  to  be  very  old.  Public  spirited  and  progressive  they  have  been  foremost  in 
defending  the  rights  of  their  countrymen,  and  in  all  matters  designed  for  the  eleva- 
tion and  well-being  of  society."     He  d.  Apr.  12,  1820;  res.  Harrison,  Me. 

1578.  i."       Enoch,  b.  in  1769;  m.  Eunice  Newcomb,  Mrs.  Kendall  and  Mrs.. 


Moses,  b. ;  d.  young. 

Richard,  b. ;  m.  . 

Samuel,  b.  in  1780;  m.  Margaret  Darrow. 

Molly,  b. ;  m.  Lemuel  Rounds,  and  rev.  to  Ohio. 

Betsey,  b. ;  m.  Jonas  Gates,  and  rev,  to  New  York  state.. 

Lucy,  b. ;  m.  John  Greenlaw,  of  Brownfield. 














1585.  viii.     Susanna,  b. ;  m.  Jan.  22,  1809,  Dea.  Seth  Carsley;  res.  H. 

He  was  b.  Gorham,  July  18,  1782,  but  res.  in  Harrison,  where  he 
purchased  land  of  Thomas  Perley,  of  Boxford,  Mass.  He  built 
the  first  house  in  Bridgeton,  was  one  of  the  original  members  of 
the  F.  W.  Baptist  church,  was  early  chosen  a  deacon  and  held 
the  office  during  life;  was  a  man  of  honor  and  integrity  and 
esteemed  for  his  sincere  piety.  At  his  death.  Mar.  27,  1874,  he 
was  the  oldest  man  in  the  town.  His  wife  d.  Dec.  16,  1873.  Ch.: 
Maria,  b.  Feb.  2,  1810;  d.  unm.  July  29,  1839;  Susanna,  b.  Dec. 
11,  1811;  m.  Stephen  Blake;  Edward  P.,  b.  Mar,  25,  1815;  unm.; 
res.  Otisfield;  Nathan,  b.  Apr.  20,  1817;  m.  his  cousin,  Elizabeth 
Whitney;  res.  Harrison;  John,  b.  July  16,  1820;  m.  Adaline 
Blake;  Mary  A.,  b.  Feb.  21,  1823;  m.  Stephen  Blake;  Richard  P., 
b.  Apr.  13,  1826;  m.  Caroline  M.  Hayes;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 

1586.  ix.        Sally,  b.  ;    m.    Rev.  Joseph  Phinney,  of   H.      He   was 

born  in  Gorham,  married  and  settled  in  Harrison.  He 
preached  for  several  years;  was  very  unlike  his  brother — eccen- 
tric, rough,  and  loud  spoken,  who  was  gentle  and  a  great  singer. 
He  became  somewhat  deranged  in  latter  years,  and  died  about 
1870.  Ch.:  Esther,  b.  July  16,  1813;  m.  Jacob  Kilbourn,  of 
Waterford,  Me.;  Jane  B.,  Dec.  9,  1816;  m.  Amos  Libby;  she  d. 
Nov.  10,  1872;  Nancy  G.,  b.  Mar.  24,  1819;  m.  Oliver  P.  Haskell, 
of  Windham;  Sarah  H.,  b.  Oct.  16,  1821;  d.  unm.;  Andrew  R., 
b.  Tune  22,  1824;  d.  unm.  1848. 

618.  JosiAH  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Cape  Cod,  m. 
Cape  Cod,  Hannah  Bastow,  b.  Cambridge,  Mass.,  1732;  d.  1807,  at  Cape  Breton.  He 
d.  Queens  Co.,  Salmon  River,  N.  B.,  1810;  res.  Gasby,  Ca.,  and  Salmon  River,  N.  B. 

1587.  i.  JosiAH,  b. ;  m.  Elizabeth  Harding. 

1588.  ii.         Seth,  b. . 

1589.  iii.        John,  b.  1781;  m. . 

1590.  iv.        NoALS,  b. . 

1591.  V.         Eliab  T.,  b.   Dec.  17,  1789;   m.  Lydia  Butterworth   and   Lydia 


1592.  vi.        Hannah,  b. . 

1593.  vii.       Margaret,  b. . 

1594.  viii.     Sally',  b. . 

1595.  ix.        Martha,  b. 

620.    Asa  Whitney'  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Gorham,  Me., 

Dec,  1754;  m.  1st  Flora;  b. ;  d. ;  m.  2d,  at  Cape  Cod,  Mass.,  1782,  Phebe 

Hopkins,  dau.  of  the  signer  of  the  Dec.  of  Independence  Stephen  Hopkins.     He  d. 
Dec.  17,  1806;  res.  Gorham,  Me. 

George  W..  b.  June  14,  1792;  m.  Mary  Whitney. 
Samuel,  b.  Aug.  29, 1777;  m.  Hannah  Snow,  Mary  Rich,  and  Mrs. 
Mary  (Piper)  Ring. 

John,  b. ;  m. Rich. 

Benjamin,  b. ;  res.  Kingston,  Canada. 





















Annie,  b. 

Erie,  b. . 

Mary,  b. . 

Hannah,  b. ;  m. 

Eunice,  b. . 

Roxanna,  b. . 

621.    Abel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Gorham,  Me.; 

m.  Thankful  Morton.     He.  d. ;  res.  Standish,  Me. 

1606.    i.         Nathaniel,  b. ;  m. . 

626.  Joel  Whitney  (Abel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  at  York,  Me.,  May 
21,  1743;  m.  at  Falmouth,  Me.,  Mary  Weston. 

He  was  born  in  the  old  town  of  York,  Me.,  married  at  Falmouth,  now  Portland, 
and  about  1767  moved  to  Chandler's  River,  now  the  town  of  Jonesboro,  Me.,  where 
he  afterward  resided  and  where  he  died.  It  is  said  they  had  two  daughters  and 
eight  sons  and  that  their  descendants  are  scattered  from  the  Atlantic  to  the  Pacific. 
He  was  always  a  farmer.    He  d.  1789;  res.  Falmouth  and  Chandler's  River,  Me. 


1607.  i.  Mary,  b. . 

1608.  ii.  Ephraim,  b.  Nov.,  7,  1770;  m.  Sarah  Noyes. 

1609.  vii.  Paul,  b.  Jan.  10,  1785;  m.  Catherine  Barker. 

1610.  ix.  Porter,  b. . 

629.  Zebulon  Whitney  (Abel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  in  York,  Nov.  27, 
1747;  m.  Joanna  Stone.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  Massa- 
chusetts state  troops,  and  Apr.  4, 1835,  was  granted  a  pension  while  living  in  Cumber- 
land Co.,  Me.;  res.  Gorham,  Me. 

1611.  i.         Abigail,  b.  1775. 

1612.  ii.        Happy,  b. 

1613.  iii.        Mattie,  b. 

1614.  iv.        RuFUS,  b. 

1615.  V.  Eli,  b.  Aug.  16,  1786. 

1616.  vi.  Eunice,  b. . 

1617.  vii.  Hannah,  b. . 

1618.  viii.  Tabitha,  b. ;  m. . 

1619.  ix.  Almira,  b.  1798. 

632.  MiCHA  Whitney  (Abel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  at  Gorham,  Me., 
Dec.  11,  1752;  m.  Hannah  Cobb;  d.  1834.  He  was  a  blacksmith  and  during  the  Revo- 
lutionary war  was  a  soldier  in.  the  company  from  New  Vineyard,  Me.;  was  also 
sergt.  in  the  war  of  1812;  was  granted  a  pension  in  1818.  He  d.  June  19,  1829;  res. 
Gorham  and  Phillips,  Me. 

1620.  i.  Joel,  b.  May  7,  1787;  m.  Sally  Dyer,  Sarah  Compton,  and  Betsey 


Sally,  b. ^ — ;  m.  James  Humphrey. 

Ebenezer,  b. ■ — ;  m.  Dorcas  Parlin;  res.  Freeman,  Me. 

Joanna,  b. ;  m.  Caleb  Sylvester. 

Andrew,  b.  May  5,  1795;  m.  June,  1816,  Huldah  Sweetser;  res. 

Phillips,  Me. 

Lydia,  b. , 

Charlotte,  b. 























Wm.  p.,  b.  May  3,  1783;  m.  Nancy  I.  Carlton. 

Mary,  b.  — ^ ;  m.  Reubin  Smith. 

Happy,  b. ;  m.  Samuel  W.  Phoenix,  of  Phillips,  Me. 

Benjamin,  b.  1806;  m.  Susan  Wells. 
Nahum,  b. . 

633.    Daniel  Whitney  (Abel,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Sept.  26, 1754;  m. 
Res.  Gorham,  Me. 

1632.    i.  Jesse,  b. ;  m.  Mary  Sawyer,  Charity and . 

637.  Isaac  Whitney  (Isaac,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  York,  Me.,  Dec.  28, 
1748;  m.  1771,  Mary  Crockett,  of  Gorham,  b.  1752;  d.  July  29,  1832. 

Isaac  was  born  at  York,  but  soon  moved  to  Gorham,  where  he  married  his  wife. 
In  1775  he  purchased  a  farm  in  Gorham  of  his  wife's  father,  on  which  they  settled 
and  on  which  he  died.  She  was  the  daughter  of  Samuel  Crockett,  of  Gorham.  His 
farm  was,  in  1874,  in  the  possession  of  his  grandson.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary 
war  in  the  Massachusetts  line,  and  Apr.  18,  1818,  was  granted  a  pension.  In  1833 
he  was  living  in  Cumberland  Co.,  Me.    He  d.  Oct.  21,  1837;  res.  Gorham,  Me. 

Sarah,  b.  1772. 

Edmund,  b.  May  4,  1774;  m.  Martha  Meserve. 

Samuel,  b.  May  4,  1774. 

Joseph,  b.  Aug.  16,  1776. 

Isaac  L.,  b.  May  29,  1781;  m.  Margaret  C.  Leach. 

Adam,  b.  1784. 

Polly,  b.  1786. 

Sophia,  b.  1795. 

639.  Stephen  Whitney  (Isaac,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  in  Saco,  Mar.  19, 
1755;  m.  Patty  Irish,  a  daughter  of  the  first  white  child  who  was  born  in  Gorham.  He 
was  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  serving  in  the  Rhode  Island  line,  and  was  granted  a 

pension,  Apr.  18,  1818.     He  d. ;  res.  Gorham  and  Bridgton,  Me. 

1641.    i.         Stephen,  b.  May  5,  1799;  m Mayberry. 



































642.  Barnabas  Whitney  (Isaac,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  at  Gorham, 
Me.,  Aug.  18,  1766;  m.  at  Goldsboro,  Jan.  1,  1789,  Sarah  Walker.  He  settled  in 
Pownal;  in  1808  he  moved  to  Freeman,  where  he  died.  He  d.  Oct.  19,  1833;  res. 
Pownal  and  Freeman,  Me. 

Isaac,  b. ;  was  in  war  of  1812. 

John,  b. ;  m. . 

Sewell  Pitt,  b.  Mar.  19,  1798;  m.  Annie  Tuttle. 

Constant  Hopkins,  b. . 

Marshall  H.,  b.  Jan.  15,  1800;  m.  Lavina  Lace. 

James  Paine,  b. ;  res.  Laurence,  Kan.  (75.) 

Rebecca,  b. . 

Louisa,  b. . 

Polly,  b. . 

Sally,  b. . 

645.     Henry  Whitney  (Isaac,  Nathaniel,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Saco,  Me.,  in  1774; 

m.  Abigail  Walker;  b. ;  d. .    His  father  died  at  his  house.     He  d.  1846; 

res.  Freeport  and  Chesterville,  Me. 

1652.  i.         Henry,  b.  Feb.  7,  1804;  m.  Rebecca  Fellows. 

1653.  ii. ,  b. ;  m. Lainscott;  son  Joseph  A.  res.  Augusta, 


1654.  iii.       Geo.  W.,  b.  Oct.  8,  1809;  m.  Violet  Haines. 

1655.  iv.       Hiram,  b.  1815;  m.  Susan  P.  Lunt. 

1656.  v.       Ambrose,  b. . 

654.  Lieut.  Jesse  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Nov.  24,^ 
1730;  m.  in  Mendon,  Sept.  22,  1757,  Mary  Cheney,  b.  abt.  1736;  d.  June  25,  1777;  m. 
2d,  Apr.  19,  1779,  Mrs.  Ruth  (Legg)  Wight,  b.  Feb.  30,  1739;  d.  Oct.  21,  1785;  m.  3d 
(int.)  July  5,  1794,  Abigail  Rawson. 

He  inherited  part  of  his  father's  estate,  on  which  he  lived  and  died.  Was  lieut. 
in  the  Revolutionary  army,  and  his  civil  and  social  standing  was  of  the  best.  His  will 
is  dated  Apr.  17,  1810,  and  it  was  probated  May  23, 1815.  Lieut.  David  Stearnes  was 
exec.     He  d.  Apr.  26,  1815;  res.  Milford,  Mass. 

1657.  ix.        Levi,  b.  Oct.  21,  1763;  d.  June,  1788,  at  Weedsport,  N.  Y.,  by  fall- 

ing from  a  tree. 

1658.  i.  Olive,  b.  Feb.  9,  1758;  m.  her  cousin,  Nathan  Whitney  (see). 

1659.  ii.         Susanna,  b.  July  12,  1759;  d.  Apr.  6,  1760,  in  Mendon. 

1660.  iii.        Rhoda,  b.  Oct.  8,  1760;  m.  Dec.  7,  1779,  William  Hayden,  of  Hop- 


1661.  iv.        Hachaliah,  b.  Apr.  5,  1762;  m.  Abigail  Nelson  and  Mrs.  Olive 

(Madden)  Cobb. 

1662.  V.         Lucy,  b.  July  17,  1765;  m.  Apr.  6,  1786,    Joseph   Chamberlain,  of 

Hopkinton.  He  was  born  Dec.  27,  1762;  d.  Aug.  20,  1800.  Ch.: 
Whitney,  Jesse,  George,  William,  Levi,  Joseph,  Richard.  A 
grandson  is  Joseph,  of  Oberlin,  O.  Another  grandson  is  Wm.  H., 
of  Raleigh,  N.  C. 

1663.  vi.        Ruth,  b.  July  17,  1765;  d.  July  31,  1765,  in  Mendon. 

1664.  vii.      Asa,  b.  Sept.  4,  1766;  d.  Oct.  7,  1768,  in  Mendon. 

1665.  viii.     Anna,  b.  July  13,  1770;  m.  Nov.  27,  1791,  William  Abbey,  b.  1768, 

in  Hopkinton. 

1666.  viiij.   Betsey,  b.  Sept.  15, 1788;  d.  May  31,  1811. 

1667.  ix.       Hannah,  b.  Sept.  15,  1788;  d.  Sept.  11,  1805. 

1668.  X.         Anna,  b.  Jan.  13,  1792;  m.  Dec.  16,  1813,  Charles  Barnes;  m.  2d. 

Jan.  21,  1829,  Alex  Cheney,  d.  Nov.  2,  1843.  Ch.:  Lucy,  b.  Aug.  9, 
1816;  d.  Nov.  30, 1837;  Laura  Ann,  b.  June  11, 1831 ;  d.  Mar.  16, 1845; 
Anna,  d.  Apr.  27,  1854. 

1669.  xi.        Elias,  b.  Feb.  4,  1795;  d.  Jan.  4,  1797. 

656.  Capt.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Mil- 
ford,  Mass.,  July  26,  1737;  m.  both  of  Mendon,  Nov.  7,  1760,  Esther  Parkhurst,  b. 
June  22,  1741;  d.  Dec.  6,  1812,  in  Milo,  N.  Y. 

Jonathan  Whitney  was  born  in  Mendon,  in  that  part  subsequently  Milford, 
Mass.,  and  soon  after  his  marriage  in  1761  moved  to  Conway,  where  he  resided  until 
1782.  With  his  son,  Joel,  he  went  in  1789  to  Ontario  Co.,  N.  Y.,  cut  a  stock  of  hay  on 
the  "  Old  Castle  "  farm  near  Geneva  and  put  in  four  or  five  acres  of  wheat,  put  up  a 


log  house  18  feet  square  and  roofed  it  up  with  bark,  and  returned  home  to  Conway 
in  the  fall.  In  1791  with  his  family  he  moved  to  the  "  Old  Castle  "  farm  with  ox  teams 
and  were  some  seventeen  days  on  the  road. 

Jonathan  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  and  was  at  the  siege  of  Ticonderoga. 
The  trees  about  the  fort  had  been  felled  to  allow  the  guns  to  be  used.  One  tree, 
however,  remained  upright,  against  which  another  had  fallen  in  a  slanting  direction. 
He  climbed  into  the  crotch  of  the  upright  tree  and  fired  into  the  fort,  a  party  under 
the  tree  loading  the  guns  and  handing  them  up  to  him.  It  was  some  time  before  he 
was  discovered  and  driven  away  by  the  garrison. 

His  military  record  is. as  follows: 

Revolutionary  War  Archives. 

Lexington  Alarm, 
Vol.  13,  p.  21 
Jonathan  Whitney,  Sarg.,  Conway,  No.,  miles  216,  served  16  days 
Capt.  Robert  Oliver's  Co.  in   ye   Regiment   commanded   By  Samuel  Williams, 
Who  march  for  the  Relief  of  the  Country  April  22d,  1775. 

Robert  Oliver  Capt. 
Vol.  28,  p.  112. 
List  of  Militia  Officers  1776, 
Appointed  and  Commissioned 
5th  Regt.,  in  Hampshire  Co. 
Thomas  French  Capt.  May  3,  1776,  7th  Co. 
Jona.  Whitney   1st  Lieut.  May  3,  1776,  7th  Co. 
Jonathan  Whitney  Lieut,  engaged  July  10th,   discharge   Aug.  12,  1777,  in  Capt. 
Benj.  Phillip's  Co.,  Col.  Elisha  Porter's  Regt.,  from  Hampshire  Co. 

Vol.  28, 

Mass.  Militia  Officers 

Hampshire  Co., 

June  19,  1780.    Jonathan  Whitney  Capt.  7th  Co.  5th  Regt. 

He  d.  Aug.  22,  1792;  res.  Milford  and  Conway,  Mass.,  and   Milo,  N.  Y. 

Nathan,  b.  Oct.  18,  1761;  m.  Olive   Whitney  and  Thankful  Cald- 
Abigail,  b.  Mar.  12,  1764;  m.   in   Conway  Apr.   2,   1787,  Simeon 

Amsden,  b.  Apr.  20,  1763;  d.  Aug.  16,  1832. 
Joel,  b.  Nov.  13,  1766;  m.  Sybil  Whitmore. 

Esther,  b.  Dec.  16,  1769;  m.  in  Conway  Aug.  31,  1789,  Solomon 
Gates,  b.  Oct.  4,  1761.     She  d.  Aug.  16,  1848. 

1674.  V.         Experience,  b.  June  6, 1772;  m.  June  25,  1789,  at  Conway,  Immer 

Crittenden,  b.  Mar.  17,  1776,  d.  Dec.  16,  1826.     She  d.  Feb.  5, 

1675.  vi.        Jonas,  b.  May  12, 1775;  m.  Catherine  Parker. 

1676.  vii.      Ruth,  b.  Feb.  18,  1778;  d.  young. 

1677.  viii.     Ammi,  b.  Jan.  18, 1781;  m.  Anna  Amsden. 

1678.  ix.        Parkhurst,  b.  Sept.  15,  1784;  m.  Celinda  Cowing. 

658.  David  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  Benjamin,  John),  bap.  Sept.  21, 
1746;  m.  Rachel .     He  was  a  farmer;  res.  Conway,  Mass. 

1679.  i.         Jonathan,  b.  Mar.  13,  1770;  m.  Lucy  Washburn. 

1680.  ii.        Mercy,  b.  Sept.  10,  1771;   m.  Dec.  26,  1795,  Ezra  Bond,  of   Con- 


1681.  iii.       Lydia,  b.  Feb.  13,  1773;  m.  Nov.  4,  1794,  Mark  Bangs,  of  Mon- 


1682.  iv.       Rachel,  b.  Apr.  1,  1775;  d.  1784. 

1683.  v.        Ruby,  b.  Mar.  3,  1776;   m.  Oct.  14,  1798,  Calvin  Bartlett,  of  Con- 


1684.  vi.       Prudence,  b.  Mar.  12.  1778;  d.  1796. 

1685.  vii.      Polly,  b.  Nov.  22,  1779;  m.  Oct.  22,  1800,  Abel  De  Wolf,  of  Con- 


1686.  viii.     Leinder,  b.  Dec.  9,  1781. 

1687.  ix.       David,  b.  Apr.  19.  1785;  d.  1787. 

1688.  X.        Ruth.  b.  Sept.  26,  1788;  d.  in  infancy. 

1689.  xi.       Ruth,  b.  Sept.  26, 1789. 

661.  Elias  Whitney  (Elias,  Jonathan.  Benjamin,  John),  b.  June  15,  1750;  m. 
Apr.  10,  1772,  Lucy  Barnes,  b.  Hingham,  Mass.,  June  15,  1750;  d.  Oct.  15,  1818.     He 








settled  finally  on  the  paternal  homestead.  He  was  the  worthy  head  of  a  worthy  fam- 
ily. He  was  so  strictly  conscientious  that  when  the  pension  law  had  passed,  favor- 
ing with  pensions  the  surviving  Revolutionary  soldiers,  and  his  papers  were  all  made 
out  making  perfectly  valid  his  claim,  on  hearing  them  read  over  and  finding  that  he 
had  got  to  swear  that  he  was  a  needy  applicant,  he  positively  refused  to  make  oath 
or  to  have  his  pension  on  such  terms,  declaring  that  he  was  not  thus  needy,  but  had 
lived  and  could  live  without  the  pension.  He  was  told  that  others  much  richer  than 
himself  made  no  scruples  of  swearing  that  they  needed  the  preferred  pension;  but, 
though  in  really  moderate  circumstances,  he  persistently  stuck  to  his  scruples.  He 
made  his  will  Jan.  16,  1825.  It  was  probated  July  1,  1828.  He  served  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary army,  in  Capt.  Jennison's  company  from  Mendon,  Mass.  He  d.  May  22,  1828; 
res.  Milford,  Mass. 

1690.  i.  Abigail,  b.  Mar.  6,  1773;  m.  1798,  Barnard  Boyden;  b.  Mar.  6, 1773. 

Ch.:  Elias,  b.  July  5,  1799;  Ellis,  b. ;  res.  Milford. 

1691.  ii.         Mellen,  b.  Dec.  9,  1774;  m.  Jane  Richardson. 

1692.  iii.       Rebecca,  b.  Dec.  14,  1776;  m.  June  22,  1797,  Amos  Howard,  b. 

Oct.  2,  1769;  d.  Sept.  1,  1829.  She  d.  Nov.  25, 1827;  res.  Milford. 
Ch.:  Sibbia,  b.  May  22,  1798;  Lucy,  b.  Dec.  22,  1799;  d.  June  30, 
1822;  John,  b.  June  10,  1802;  m.  Chloe  A.Gould;  Margaret,  b. 
Feb.  9,  1805;  d.  Mar.  3, 1832;  Amos,  b.  Apr.  2,  1807;  m.  Elvira 
Gould;  Emery,  b.  Apr.  11,  1809;  d.  Jan.  9,  1829;  Rebecca,  b. 
Aug.  4,  1812;  m.  Sewell  H.  Gould;  Andrew  J.,  b.  Dec.  7,  1818; 
m.  Laurinda  Howard. 

1693.  iv.        Lydia,  b.  Apr.  12.  1779;  m.  1798,  Abijah  Clark;  b.  Sept.,  1776;  res. 

Becket,  Mass.  She  d.  bef.  1808.  Ch.:  Alexander,  Whitney, 
Eliza  and  Stearnes. 

1694.  V.         Jonathan,  b.  May  9,  1781;  m.  Lavina  Coombs. 

1695.  vi.       Laban,  b.  Oct.  24,  1783;  m.  Olive  Green. 

1696.  vii.       Lucy,  b.  Jan.  6,  1786;  m.  Feb.  1,  1803,  John  Wood;  rem.  Barre,  Vt. 

Although  the  records  of  Mrs.  Wood's  native  town  show  her  to 
have  been  born  Jan.  6,  it  is  related  that  Mrs.  Wood  a  few  years 
ago  changed  the  date  in  the  family  Bible  to  the  16th,  and  she 
now  insists  on  observing  the  later  date.  Mrs.  Wood  was  born  at 
Jaffrey,  N.  H.,  Jan.  6,  1786,  and  is  therefore  three  years  older 
than  the  Federal  government.  She  has  witnessed  the  rise  and 
fall  of  every  political  party  and  every  presidential  campaign 
from  the  days  of  Washington  to  those  of  Grover  Cleveland's 
second  triumph?  Her  maiden  name  was  Lucy  Whitney,  being 
one  of  a  family  of  11  children.  At  the  age  of  9  years  her  father 
moved  to  Milford,  Mass.  During  her  16th  year  she  was  a  pupil 
in  a  Milford  singing  school,  John  Wood,  a  young  man  from  the 
adjoining  town  of  Mendon,  also  trying  to  master  the  difficult 
"do,  me,  sol."  While  rehearsing  their  parts  together  Cupid 
accomplished  his  purpose,  and  on  Feb.  1,1803,  the  young  couple 
were  made  man  and  wife  lay  Amariah  Frost.  They  went  to  Vt. 
to  Barre.  The  young  husband  built  a  cottage  on  the  east  hill. 
There  were  no  doors  or  windows.  The  fireplace  and  chimney 
were  constructed  of  stone,  and  the  house  was  divided  into  two 
rooms  by  a  blanket  hung  in  the  center.  Mr.  Wood  erected  an 
oven  in  the  clearing  outside  the  house,  and  Mrs.  Wood  proudly 
declares  that  the  best  cooking  she  has  ever  done  was  performed 
in  that  ancient  oven.  As  soon  as  the  house  was  finished  both 
husband  and  wife  worked  early  and  late  to  clear  the  land  and 
burn  the  brushwood  about  the  dwelling.  On  many  nights  dur- 
ing the  absence  of  Mr.  Wood,  who  had  gone  to  the  nearest  set- 
tlement for  supplies,  the  good  wife  has  sat  by  the  candle  light 
through  the  midnight  hours  keeping  a  bright  fire  burning  to 
scare  away  the  wolves  that  were  howling  about  the  house. 
Sometimes  they  were  brave  enough  to  come  by  the  blanket 
which  covered  the  door,  not  daring  to  proceed  further  for  fear 
of  the  flames. 

Mr  Wood  was  a  teamster  for  the  United  States  government 
in  the  war  of  1812,  his  route  being  from  Wells  river  to  Burling- 
ton. The  care  of  the  farm  and  family  devolved  upon  Mrs. 
Wood,    During  her  husband's  absence  the  house  caught  fire 


and  was  devoured  by  the  flames.  She  hastened  to  a  place  of 
safety,  but  remembering  that  her  oldest  child  was  sleeping  in 
the  house,  she  re-entered  the  building  and  took  her  child  to  a 
safe  place.  The  brave  woman  was  severely  burned  in  this  act, 
and  still  carries  the  scars.  This  daughter  died  a  few  years  ago, 
aged  73.  The  neighbors  proved  to  be  friends  in  the  hour  of 
need,  and  when  Mr.  Wood  returned  home,  greatly  to  his  sur- 
prise, he  found  a  new  house  nearly  completed.  In  one  of  the 
early  winters  there  was  no  track  of  man  or  team  at  her  door 
for  a  period  of  six  weeks.  Her  oldest  children  went  to  school 
in  a  barn  on  the  Carleton  farm.  There  was  but  one  preacher  in 
town.  Rev.  Aaron  Palmer.  Robert  Paddock  was  the  only  physi- 
cian, and  the  only  merchant  was  Jack  Pollard.  For  his  service 
in  the  battle  of  Plattsburg  Mr.  Wood  drew  a  land  warrant.  He 
died  in  Boston  March  24,  1857.  After  his  death  Mrs.  Wood 
managed  the  farm  seven  years,  and  then  removed  to  Barre 
village,  where  she  now  resides  on  Hill  street  with  her  daughter 
Sophia,  who  is  now  76  years  old,  and  spends  her  entire  time 
caring  for  her  aged  mother.  Mrs.  Wood  has  had  10  other  chil- 
dren ;  three  sons  are  now  living — Charles,  who  resides  at  Orange; 
Phineas,  at  Newport,  and  Warren,  at  Auburn,  R.  I.  She  claims 
to  have  40  living  grandchildren  and  a  great-great-grandchild  17 
years  old.  She  is  the  last  survivor  of  her  father's  family,  there 
having  been  five  older  and  five  younger.  In  her  99th  year  she 
made  a  bedquilt  containing  5,876  pieces,  which  has  taken 
premiums  at  several  county  fairs.  To  the  casual  visitor  she 
does  not  appear  to  be  so  old,  although  she  is  very  thin  and  much 
wrinkled.  Her  memory  is  very  good,  and  she  remembers 
events  of  her  childhood  with  perfect  clearness,  delightuig  to 
relate  early  reminiscences  of  the  state  and  the  noted  men  she 
has  met.  She  can  recall  the  events  of  the  war  of  1812,  and 
often  she  has  told  the  young  people  gathered  about  her  how  the 
patriotic  men  fought  and  the  hardships  they  endured  for  their 
country  in  the  early  days  of  the  present  century.  In  her  youth 
Mrs.  Wood  was  a  Congregationalist,  but  after  her  marriage  and 
settlement  in  Barre,  she  joined  the  Methodist  society,  and  has 
since  been  a  stanch  adherent  of  its  creeds.  She  retains  her 
faculties  to  a  remarkable  degree,  her  only  weakness  being  her 
great  deafness  and  lameness,  though  she  can  move  about  the 
house  with  the  aid  of  chairs.  She  still  retains  her  business 
faculty,  and  until  very  recently  conducted  her  own  affairs.  In 
1891  Mrs.  Wood  petitioned  Congressfor  a  pension  on  the  ground 
that  her  husband  was  a  teamster  in  the  war  of  1812,  and  Con- 
gress, by  a  special  act,  granted  her  S12  per  month.  Last  year 
Mrs.  Wood  was  made  a  member  of  R.  B.,  Crandall  Woman's 
Relief  Corps,  and  was  appointed  an  aide  upon  the  staff  of  the 
department  president,  and  at  the  last  State  convention  a  depart- 
ment badge  was  voted  to  her,  she  being  the  oldest  member  of 
the  order.  For  several  years  she  has  ridden  in  the  Grand  Army 
parade  on  Memorial  days.  The  old  lady  has  enjoyed  many 
a  birthday  party,  the  one  on  her  100th  being,  perhaps,  the  most 
notable.  Crandall  Relief  Corps,  with  her  relatives  and  neigh- 
bors, celebrated  with  her  the  107th  anniversary  of  her  birth. 
She  died  Jan.  31,  1893.  Her  children  were:  Willis,  born  in 
Mendon,  Mass.;  Horace,  Ellas,  Celinda  H.,  Phinneas,  Laura, 
Sophia  M.,  b.  July  28, 1818,  still  living  unm. ;  Charles  L.,  Warren  F. 

668.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Benjamin,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Sherborn; 
Mass.,  Sept.  25,  1734;  m.  in  Waltham,  June  15,  1758,  Eunice  Marshall,  b.  Oct. 2, 1736, 
d.  Sept.,  1799.  He  was  a  soldier  at  the  battle  of  Bunker  Hill  from  Hopkinton,  Mass. 
He  d.  in  1800;  res.  Framingham  and  Dalton,  Mass. 

1697.  i.  Isaac,  b.  Sept.  26,  1768;  m.  Caroline  Harmon. 

1698.  ii.        Amos,  b.  Sept.  27,  1764. 

1699.  iii.        Persis,  b.  Aug.  20,  1769;  m. Lasure. 


























1700.  iv.  David,  b.  Nov.  3,  1761;  killed  by  Indians  at  the  battle  of  Stony 
Raba  on  the  Mohawk,  Oct.  19,  1780.  He  was  in  the  company 
commanded  by  Capt.  Ely. 

Eunice,  b.  Nov.  16,  1763;  m. Marshall.     She  d.  Oct.  1, 1842. 

Esther,  b.  Apr.  13,  1766;  m.  Cyrus  Rockwood. 

Asaph,  b.  June  21,  1770;  m.  Bethiah  Hopkins. 

Sarah,  b.  June  12,  1759. 

Olive,  b.  ;  m.  Anson  Hopkins;  res.  Bellile,  N.  Y.    A  son, 

Anson,  Jr.,  resides  there. 

680.     Isaac  Whitney  (Jason,  Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,  Mass.,  Apr.  17, 

1770;  m. ;  m.  2d  Mrs.  Susanna  (Turnback)  Hall,  b.  Pennsylvania,  May 

11,  1780;  she  m.  3d  a  Mr.  Dodge  and  had  one  child  by  him.    She  d.  at  Ray,  Mich., 
Feb.  9,  1867. 

He  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.,  emigrated  to  New  York,  and  died  in  Middlesex 
in  1817.  He  was  a  kind  husband  and  father,  and  true  Christian  man.  He  was  a 
pioneer  in  that  section  when  it  was  settled  by  the  Indians,  with  whom  he  was  on 
friendly  terms.  He  was  also  able  to  converse  with  them  in  their  dialect.  After  the 
death  of  his  first  wife  he  married  a  widow,  Mrs.  Hall,  for  his  second  wife,  and  she  had 
five  children  by  her  first  husband  and  one  by  her  third.  Isaac  was  an  extensive 
farmer  and  one  of  the  largest  in  that  part  of  New  York.  He  1817;  res.  Middle- 
sex, Ontario  Co.,  N.  Y. 

Jason,  b. ;  m.  and  went  to  Texas. 

Robert,  b. ;  d. . 

Elizabeth,  b. ;  m. Osgood,  and  moved  to  Michigan, 

where  they  had  a  large  family,  and  died. 

Samuel,  b.  July  9,  1811;  m.  Ann  Stroup. 

John  Fisher,  b.  Oct.  25,  1809;  m.  Phebe  Nelson. 

Isaac,  b.  Nov.  12,  1817;  m.  Sarah  Stroup  and  Mahala  Stroup. 

Jesse,  b.  May  3,  1808;  m.  Eliza  C.  Shepherd. 

James,  b.  in  Middlesex,  N.  Y.;  m.  and  d.  there  s.  p.  in  1847. 

683.  Fisher  Whitney  (Jason,  Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,  Mass.,  Jan.  3, 
1775;  m.  in  Italy,  N.  Y.,  June,  1797,  Patty  Watkins,  of  Partridgefield,  Mass.;  b.  Peru, 
in  1780.  She  m.  2d,  at  Italy  in  1805,  Elias  Lee;  b.  1777;  d.  Feb.  1,  1825.  She  d.  in 
Mass..  Mar  ,  1849. 

Fisher  Whitney  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.  The  country  around  Boston  was,  in 
1775,  sparsely  settled,  and  there  was  little  else  to  do  than  to  cultivate  the  soil.  Fisher 
Whitney  was,  therefore,  the  son  of  a  Massachusetts  farmer — but  the  farmers  in  those 
days  made  up  the  bulk  of  the  population.  Stirring  events  were  just  then  happening 
in  that  vicinity.  Before  Fisher  was  a  year  old,  the  battles  cf  Lexington  and  Bunker 
Hill  were  enrolled  in  history.  Natick,  his  home,  was  less  than  twenty  miles  distant, 
and  the  terrors  of  those  bloody  days  made  such  an  impression  upon  young  Fisher's 
mind  that  before  he  was  fifteen  he  was  enrolled  as  a  soldier  against  King  George  111. 

Thus  the  Whitneys  are  from  Revolutionary  stock,  as  will  be  seen  in  another 
place.     Fisher's  grandsons,  nearly  100  years  later,  also  bore  arms  for  their  country. 

But  Massachusetts  did  not  long  retain  young  Whitney,  for,  about  the  year  1795, 
he  removed  to  Yates  county,  N.  Y.,  where,  three  years  later,  he  married  Patty  Wat- 
kins  and  settled  upon  a  farm,  which  he  improved  while  acting  as  county  surveyor. 
Two  children  were  born  to  him,  Patty  Whitney,  born  in  1800,  and  James  Watkins 
Whitney,  born  June  21, 1803. 

Everything  seemed  prosperous  for  this  little  family  when  suddenly  the  father, 
in  one  of  his  surveying  expeditions,  took  a  violent  cold  which  rapidly  settled  into  a 
fever,  and  in  three  days  terminated  fatally.  He  was  buried  in  the  family  burial 
ground  on  his  farm  in  the  town  of  Italy,  Yates  county,  in  April,  1805.  Fifty-seven 
years  later,  his  grandson.  Col.  L.  H.  Whitney,  visited  his  grave,  and  found  his  resting- 
place  marked  by  a  plain  slab,  which  his  widow  had  erected  to  his  memory.  She 
now  sleeps  by  his  side,  and  by  her  side  repose  the  ashes  of  her  daughter  Patty. 

Fisher  Whitney  was  a  dark  haired,  dark  complexioned  man,  six  feet  tall,  ath- 
letic, and  possessed  a  great  aptitude  for  mathematics.  Hence,  it  was  easy  for  him 
to  drift  into  the  surveyor's  office.  He  died  at  the  early  age  of  thirty-seven,  sincerely 
mourned  by  a  large  circle  of  acquaintances.     He  d.  Dec.  19,  1805;  res.  Italy,  N.  Y. 

1714.  i.  James  Watkins,  b.  June  21,  1803;  m.  Betsey  Harper. 

1715.  ii.         Patty  Watkins,  b.  Sept.  9,  1800;  m.  Jan.  15,  1823,  Jason  Gris- 

wold;  res.  Italy,  N.  Y.    Ch.:  Fisher,  b.  Mar.  28,  1825;  res.  Italy; 


Sophronia,  b.  Nov.  22, 1823;  Lutia  Ann,  b.  July  23, 1830;  m.  Oct., 
1852;  Mary  Armborn,  b.  July  23,  1830;  m.  July  27,  1852.  He  d. 
abt.  1850.    She  d.  June,  1880. 

685.  Capt.  George  Whitney  (Jason,  Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  in  1777,  in 
Natick,  Mass.;  m.  1799,  Esther  Morse,  of  Natick;  b.  in  1781,  d.  Mar.  26,  1836;  m.  2d, 
1839,  Mrs.  Azubah  Hastings,  of  Millbury;  d.  s.  p. 

He  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.,  where  he  always  resided;  was  a  leading  and 
public  spirited  citizen;  was  captain  of  the  local  militia  company;  member  of  the 
parish  committee,  and  held  all  the  town  offices.  All  his  children  were  noted  for  their 
musical  ability  and  penmanship.     He  d.  Feb.  17,  1849;  res.  Natick,  Mass. 

1716.  ii.        David  Morse,  b.  Nov.  1,  1807;  m.  Mary  Ann  Gilmore  and  Nancy 


1717.  i.         Hannah,  b.  Jan.  29,  1802;  m.  Oct.  10,  1821,  Henry  Rice,  who  was 

born  Nov.  12,  1798,  and  d.  Nov.  23,  1828.  The  children  of  this 
marriage  were  as  follows:  Luis  H.  Rice,  b.  June  19,  1822;  d. 
July  10,  1822.  The  second  child  was  Mary  Elizabeth  Rice,  who 
was  born  July  31,  1826,  and  is  now  living  in  Dedham,  Mass. 
She  m.  Albert  Jackson  Gleason,  June  16,  1849,  who  d.  in  1893. 
The  children  of  this  marriage  were  Albert  A.  Gleason,  b.  Mar. 
7,  1850,  d.  in  Sept.,  1851,  and  George  A.  Gleason,  who  was  born 
May  6,  1853,  and  is  now  living  in  Dedham.  The  third,  Henrietta 
b.  Nov.  12,  1828,  and  d.  Jan.  11,  1891.  She  m.  on  the  22d  day  of 
Jan.,  1849,  George  William  Williams,  who  d.  on  the  3d  of  Nov., 
1861.  He  was  b.  in  Neuhaus  an  der  Oste,  in  the  kingdom  of 
Hannover,  Mar.  24,  1815.  He  came  to  this  country  when  a  boy, 
with  Capt.  Elisha  Bangs,  in  whose  family  he  lived  for  several 
years  while  he  was  at  school,  which  he  attended  at  Brewster 
and  Plymouth,  Mass.  After  that  he  followed  the  sea  in  the 
service  of  Capt.  Bangs  for  a  number  of  years  and  was  placed 
in  command  of  a  vessel  before  he  obtained  his  majority,  and 
continued  as  a  ship's  captain  until  the  time  of  his  death,  when 
his  vessel,  the  "  Maritana,"  was  wrecked  in  Boston  harbor.  He 
was  killed  when  the  ship  went  to  pieces,  but  a  majority  of  the 
crew  and  passengers  were  saved.  He  was  m.  in  Dedham  to 
Henrietta  Rice,  and  lived  there  till  his  death.  The  children  of 
this  marriage  were:  Henrietta  Louise  Williams,  b.  Mar.  23, 
1850,  now  living  in  Dedham.  She  m.  Oct.  21,  1875,  Louis  Lutz, 
who  was  b.  June  25, 1838,  and  d.  October  10,  1889.  They  had 
children,  now  living  in  Dedham,  as  follows:  Helen  Louise  Lutz, 
b.  Dec.  16,  1876;  Frederick  Louis,  b.  Sept.  28,  1880,  and  Roger 
Henry  Lutz,  b.  July  18,  1884.  The  second  child,  George  Fred- 
erick Williams,  b.  July  10,  1852;  unm.,  living  in  Dedham.  His 
ancestors  are  of  old  Massachusetts  stock,  and  his  paternal 
ancestors  were  German  and  French.  He  was  educated  at 
private  schools  until  he  entered  the  high  school  at  Dedham;  he 
entered  Dartmouth  college  in  the  year  1868.  At  the  end  of  his 
freshman  year  he  went  to  Germany,  where  he  studied  in  Ham- 
burg for  six  months,  and  spent  the  next  year  at  universities  in 
Heidelberg  and  Berlin,  making  up  the  studies  of  sophomore 
and  junior  year  in  the  spring  and  summer  of  1871.  He  re-entered 
his  class  in  Dartmouth,  and  graduated  in  1872.  In  the  winter  of 
1872  and  1873  he  taught  school  at  West  Brewster,  Mass.,  and  in 
the  spring  and  summer  of  1873  was  on  the  reportorial  staff  of 
the  Boston  Globe.  He  studied  law  at  Boston  University,  and 
was  admitted  to  the  Suffolk  bar  in  Oct.,  1875.  In  1878  Little, 
Brown  &  Co.  published  his  volume  of  Massachusetts  Citations, 
and  from  1879  to  1887  he  edited  for  that  firm  volumes  X.  to 
XVII.  of  the  Annual  United  States  Digest.  He  was  elected  to 
the  Dedham  School  Committee  in  1879,  and  served  three  years. 
He  began  active  participation  in  politics  as  a  Republican  in 
1882,  and  in  1883  organized  the  Norfolk  Republican  Club,  which 
was,  and  now  is,  one  of  the  largest  political  clubs  in  the  state. 
In  the  summer  of  1884  he  joined  the  Independent  movement, 
and  was  one  of  the  committee  on  resolutions  in  the  Independent 


convention  held  at  New  York.  Appointed  by  the  Massachu- 
setts Committee  of  One  Hundred  one  of  its  executive  commit- 
tee, he  was  in  August  selected  as  chairman  of  that  committee, 
which  conducted  the  state  campaign.  In  1886  he  was  chairman 
of  the  Independent  committee,  organized  for  the  campaign  of 
Hon.  John  F.  Andrew  for  the  governorship.  In  1889  he  was 
elected  to  the  Massachusetts  legislature,  where  he  took  an 
active  part  as  a  Democrat.  In  1890  he  was  elected  to  the  Fifty- 
Second  Congress  from  the  Ninth  Massachusetts  District,succeed- 
ing  a  Republican,  the  Hon.  John  W.  Candler.  His  political 
work  has  been  done  in  connection  with  constant  work  m  the 
profession  of  the  law,  which  he  has  practiced  mainly  in  the 
courts  of  Boston.  He  has  been  for  many  years  a  member  of 
the  executive  committee  of  the  Massachusetts  Reform  Club, 
and  has  served  as  secretary,  and  on  the  executive  committee  of 
the  Dartmouth  Alumni  Association,  of  Boston,  and  as  president 
of  the  Dartmouth  Club,  of  Boston.  In  1886  he  delivered  the 
Fourth  of  July  oration  in  Boston,  by  invitation  of  the  city,  and  in 
'  1889  delivered  an  address  before  the  faculty  and  students  of 
Dartmouth  college  on  the  centennial  anniversary  of  the  inaugu- 
ration of  Washington.  The  third  child  is  Henry  Liversidge 
Williams,  b.  Sept.  17,  1855,  now  living  in  Dedham.  Hannah 
Rice  m.  a  second  time  Joseph  Daniels,  on  the  26th  day  of  Sept., 
1832.  They  had  children,  now  living:  Sarah  Anna  Daniels,  now 
Gates,  who  lives  at  18  Oakland  street,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y,  She  was 
b.  on  Sept.  14,  1837.    Joseph  Henry  Daniels,  b.  August  10,  1834. 

1718.  iii.       George  C,  b.  Feb.  3,  1809;  m.  Persis  Broad. 

1719.  iv.       Freeman  Sears,  b.  Feb.  6,  1812;  m.  Eveline  Perry, 

1720.  v.         Samuel  S.,  b.  Jan.  8,  1815;  m.  Sarah  W.  Spaulding. 

1721.  vi.       John  Aniger,  b.  Dec.  20,   1817;  m.   Emily  Walker  and   Lizzie 


1722.  vii.  Ebenezer,  b.  Dec.  20,  1820;  m.  Sarah  Leighton. 

1723.  viii.  Alvin  Fisher,  b.  1824;  m.  Elviria  Clemence. 

1724.  ix.  David  Morse,  b.  Mar.  16,  1804;  d.  Sept.  21,  1805. 

1725.  X.  Sally,  b.  Dec.  25,  1799;  d.  Apr.  10,  1802. 

686.  Jason  Whitney  (Jason,  Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,  Mass.,  Oct.  20, 
1780;  m.  there  1801,  Hannah  Goodnow,  of  Natick;  d.  Dec.  27,  1810;  m.  2d  Margaret 
Green.     He  d. ;  res.  Watertown  and  Natick,  Mass. 

1726.  i.         Mary,  b.  Nov.  26, 1801;  d.  Dec.  9,  1801. 

1727.  ii.        RoxANNA,  b.  Feb.  23, 1803;  m.  Mar.,  1829,  Ebenezer  Blake;  b.  July 

9,  1805.  She  d.  Jan.  29, 1885.  Ch.:  Rebecca  R.,  b.  Feb.  13,  18.31; 
m.  Geo.  E.  Weeman;  res.  So.  Bridgton,  Me.;  George  A.,  b.  Sept. 
20,  1835;  d.  Nov.  11,  1889;  Joseph  Eugene,  b.  May  20,  1837;  res. 
Milton,  Mass.;  Eben  F.,  b.  Sept.  20,  1839;  res.  Lynn,  Mass. 

1728.  iii.       Emeline  Ann,  b.  Feb.  6,   1809;    m.  in  Natick   in   1827,   Elijah 

Hersey,  of  Dedham.  He  was  b.  Apr.  26,  1808;  boot  and  shoe 
manufacturer.  They  res.  1232  Madison  street,  Oakland,  Cal.  Ch.: 
George  E.,  b.  May  30,  1830;  Emily  Frances,  b.  Sept.  8,  1828; 
Edward  Whiting,  b.  Jan.  12,  1833;  George  Hersey,  m.,  lives  in 
Gilroy,  Cal.;  Emily  F.,  m.  in  Brookline,  Mass.,  May  1, 1845,  Abram 
H.  Lambert,  lives  in  Rock  Island,  111.;  Edward  W.,d.  in  Elmira 
N.  Y.,  Oct.  18,  1863. 

1729.  iv.        Hannah  Goodnow,  b.  Jan.  2,  1807;    m.  twice  and  d.  s.  p.;  first 

husband  m.  1829,  Arthur  Danforth,  of  Dedham. 

1730.  v.        Eben  Fisher,  b.  Jan.  10,  1805;  n.  f.  k. 

1731.  vi.        Nancy  Goodnow,  b.  Nov.  26,  1810;  m. Wheeler,  and  Jan. 

28,  1844,  David  Morse  Whitney.  She  res.  with  Mrs.  Charlotte 
T.  Andrews  at  Fort  Wayne,  Ind.  Her  first  husband  was  killed 
in  the  Texas  Rebellion  in  1836.  They  had  one  son,  Samuel  H., 
who  was  born  in  Natick  and  enlisted  in  the  late  war  in  Co.  H. 
13th  Mass.  Vols.  He  was  lost  on  the  march  to  Winchester  in 
1862.  Ch.:  Frank  Hayden  Whitney,  b.  July  30,  1845.  He  was  a 
soldier  in  the  13th  Mass.  Vols.,  Company  H.    (See  elsewhere.) 









































688.  Ebenezer  Whitney  (Jason,  Mark,  Benjamin,  John),  b.  Natick,  Mass., 
Mar.  2,  1784;  m.  in  Framingham,  Apr.  8,  1807,  Mary  Brown,  dau.  of  Aaron  and 
Martha  (Walker)  Brown;  b.  Aug.  1,  1785;  d.  July  22.  1822;  m.  2d  Nov.  10,  1821, 
Joanna  Law,  of  Acton. 

He  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.,  and  after  his  marriage  resided  on  the  Beal  farms 
in  that  town  and  at  East  Sudbury.  Later  he  lived  in  Wayland.  Was  an  innkeeper 
and  proprietor  of  a  line  of  stages  at  Natick.  He  d.  Sept.  23,  1855;  res.  Natick  and 
Wayland,  Mass. 

■  Charles,  b.  May  21,  1808. 

Martha  Ann,  b.  Feb.  9,  1817;    m.  Nov.  16,  1834,  David  E.  Allen, 

of  Dover. 
Nancy  Childs,  b.  June  20,   1820;    m.  Nelson  Holmes  and  res. 

Trempeleau,  Wis. 
Prudence  Walker,  b.  May  14,1822;  m.  Wm.  G.  Willson, 
Sally  Cumings,  b.  July  26,  1824;  d.  Dec.  7,  1825. 
Hiram  Ebenezer,  b.  June  3,  1826;  d.  unm. 

Sally  Cumings,  b.  Apr.  8,  1828;  m. Stone. 

Ellen  O.,  b.  Mar.  5,  1830;  m.  Albert  Lyon. 

Isabella  C,  b.  Oct.  17,  1834;  m. Bacon. 

Turner,  b.  Sept.  24,  1842. 

George,  b. . 

Albert  M.,  b.  Jan.  16, 1836.     Killed  in  the  Rebellion. 
Nathaniel  D.  T.,  b.  May  3,  1838. 
Catherine  H.,  b.  May  5,  1840;  d.  June  1,  1842. 

George,  b. . 

Mary  Brown,  b.  Mar.  18,  1813;    m.  Abraham    Bigelow   2d   of 
Natick,  and  d.  in  Dover,  Mass.,  Dec.  9,  1881.     Issue  (Bigelow 
Genealogy,  p.  336). 
xvii.  Charles  W..  b.  June  13,  1832. 

xviii.  Catherine,  b. ;  m. Stone. 

Anne  E.,  b.  Jan.,  1851. 

695.  Daniel  Whitney  (Elijah,  Daniel,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Roxbury,  Mass.; 
m.  Mar.  7,  1769,  Sarah  Gay;  d.  Sept.  20,  1824.  He  d.  May"  3,  1820;  res.  Boston  and 
Warwick,  Mass. 

1751.  i.  Sarah,  b.  Sept.  5,  1769;  m.  Oct.  15,  1796,  David  Adams,  of  War- 


1752.  ii.         Elijah,  b.  Jan.  15,  1771. 

1753.  iii.        Susannah,  b.  Jan.  31.  1773. 

1754.  iv.        Daniel,  b.  Dec.  5,  1774;  m. . 

1755.  v.         Seneca,  b.  July  27,  1776;  m.  1803,  Hannah  Moore;   b.  1781;  d. 

May  16,  1848.     He  d.  Apr.  25,  1810;  res.  Warwick. 

1756.  vi.        Sophia,  b.  July  12,  1778;  d.  unm.  Mar.  15,  1861. 

1757.  vii.       Betty,  b.  Aug.  11,  1781. 

1758.  viii,      Joseph  Gay,  b.  Sept.  7,  1784;  m.  and  d.  Aug.  7,  1834,  in  Warwick, 


1759.  ix.        Elisha,  b.  June  24,  1786;  m. . . 

1760.  X.         Henry,  b.  Aug.,  30,  1788;  m. ,  , 

696.  John  Whitney  (Elijah,  Daniel,  John.  John,  John),b.  Nov,  29,  1749;  m,  Apr. 
22,  1773,  Mary  Payson;  d.  1816.     He  d.  in  1830;  res.  Roxbury  and  Warwick,  Mass. 

1761.  i.  John,  bap.  R.  Aug.,  1774;  d.  young, 

1762.  ii.  Mary,  b.  Sept.  26,  1776. 

1763.  iii.  Sally,  b.  Feb.  1,  1779;  m,  1802  at  Warwick,  Samuel  Mayo. 

1764.  iv.  Nancy,  b.  Mar.  21.  1781. 

•     1765.     v.         JOHN.b.  Apr.  8.  1783;  m. . 

1766.  vi.        Lois,  b.  Aug.  20.  1785;  d.  unm.  Nov.  6,  1820. 

698.  Lieut.  Elisha  Whitney  (Elijah,  Daniel,  John,  John,  John),b.  Oct.  6,  1747; 
m.  in  Newton,  June  4,  1769,  Abigail  Dana.  His  picture,  painted  by  Stuart,  is  in  pos- 
session of  his  gr.  son  Benj.  D;  res.  West  Roxbury.  Mass. 

1767.  i.  Experience,  b.  Feb.,  1776;  d.  Sept.  17,  1777. 

1768.  ii.        Abigail,  b.  Apr.  10,  1778;  m.  Nov.  17,  1799,  Joseph  Seaver,  of 

Boston.  He  was  b.  Dec.  25,  1770;  d.  Aug.  17,  1811.  Ch.:  Eliza- 
beth Whitney,  b.  Mar.  23,  1801;  m.  1823;  d.  1837;  Joseph,  b.  June 
17,  1804;  m.  1834;  d.  1883;  Wm.  Whitney,  b.  Apr.  6,  1806;  m. 


1829;  d.  1858;  Nathaniel,  b.  Sept.  24,  1808;  d.  Aug.  16,  1835; 
Abigail  Dana,  b.  Sept.  16,  1810;  d.  May  11,  1828.  A  godchild  is 
is  Miss  E.  A.  Seaver,  of  Lexington,  Mass. 

1769.  iii.       Elisha,  b.  Feb.  4,  1780;  m.  Sarah  Heath. 

1770.  iv.        Asa,  b.  May  18,  1782;  m.  Mary  Hammond. 

1771.  V.         Pedy,  b.  July  20,  1784;  m.  in  Roxbury  in  1801,  Col.  Joseph  Dud- 

ley, b.  Oct.  16,  1780.  Col.  Dudley  owned  and  occupied  the  old 
homestead  in  Roxbury.  He  was  a  farmer,  a  man  of  strict  hon- 
esty and  integrity.  His  open-handed  generosity  was  much 
commented  on.  In  1810  he  gave  a  portion  of  his  patrimonial 
estate  as  a  sitefor  a  town  house.  He  was  a  descendant  of  Gov. 
Dudley.  He  d.  Feb.  28,  1827;  res.  Roxbury,  Mass.  Ch.:  Will- 
iam, b.  Oct.  8,  1801;  d.  Dec.  28,  1801;  Joseph  W.,  b.  June  2,  1803; 
d.  May  20,  1869;  Sarah  W.,  b.  Feb.  20,  1805;  d.  Aug.  23,  1868; 
Isaac  D.,  b.  Jan.  23,  1807;  d.  Feb.  2,  1855;  William,  b.  June  24, 
1808;  d.  Nov.  13,  1833;  Samuel,  b.  Dec.  31,  1809;  Pedy.  b.  Feb.  7, 
1812;  d.  May  8,  1838;  Elisha  W.,b.  Dec.  9,  1813;  d.  Oct.  22,  1815; 
Elisia  W.,  b.  Feb.  2,  1816;  d.  Mar.  23,  1816;  Henry  A.  S.  D.,  b. 
Aug.  13,  1821;  d.  July  7,  1885. 

1772.  vi.       William,  b.  June  17,  1788;  d.  unm. 

1773.  vii.      Elizabeth,  b.  Mar.  3,  1793;  d.  unm. 

701.     Caleb  Whitney  (Caleb,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  June  17,  1740;  m. 
1765,  Elizabeth   Hyde,  b.  1745.     During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  a  member  of 
the  Newton  company,  Capt.  Wiswell,and  marched  to  the  Lexington  alarm.   His  will 
He  was  a  cordwainer  by  trade.     He  d.  before  1792;  res.  Newton, 

Oliver,  b.  Mar.  9,  1766;  d.  unm.  in  Boston. 
Amariah,  b.  Nov.  18,  1767;  m.  Sarah  Trull. 
Ruth,  b.  May  31,  1773. 
Sarah,  b.  June  4,  1774. 
Abigail,  b.  Sept.  10,  1775. 

Thaddeus,  b.  (mentioned  in  settlement  of  his  father's  estate,  but 
record  of  birth  not  found). 

703.  Thaddeus  Whitney  (Caleb,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  July  10,  1747; 
m.l772.  Temperance  Hyde,  b.  Apr.  1,  1753;  d.  1842. 

He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  Newton  company.  In  1798  he  owned 
a  farm  of  25  acres.  In  1805  he  was  a  member  of  the  Baptist  church.  He  d.  in  1832; 
res.  Newton,  Mass.     His  will: 

Be  it  remembered  that  I,  Thaddeus  Whitney  of  Newton  in  the  County  of  Mid- 
dlesex, do  make  and  ordain  this  my  last  will  and  testament. 

Imprimis.  I  do  give  and  devise  to  my  executrix  herinafter  named  so  much  of 
my  real  estate  to  be  disposed  of  at  public  or  private  sale  as  she  shall  judge  best  as 
will  bring  a  sum  sufficient  to  pay  all  my  just  debts  and  charges  of  settlement  after 
applying  to  that  purpose  such  of  the  personal  estate  as  shall  not  be  needful  for  the 
use  of  my  beloved  wife. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  beloved  wife  Temperance  the  use  and  im- 
provement of  all  my  estate  both  real  and  personal,  excepting  such  as  shall  be  dis- 
posed of  as  above  directed,  and  excepting  also  my  land  with  the  buildings  thereon 
situated  in  Brighton,  to  have  and  to  hold  so  long  as  she  remains  my  widow. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  grandchildren,  Asa  Cook,  Nancy  Davis  and 
Louisa  Jackson,  children  of  my  late  daughter  Temperance,  now  deceased,  the  sum 
of  5  dollars  each  to  be  paid  to  them  within  one  year  after  the  decease  of  me  and  my 
wife.  And  whereas  I  on  the  1st  of  April,  1824,  hired  a  farm  of  Martha  Livermore 
covenanting  to  pay  85  dollars  annually  therefor  according  to  her  lease  of  that  date 
&  whereas  Israel  L.  Worcester,  husband  of  my  daughter  Ruth  by  a  verbal  agree- 
ment between  us  occupies  the  same  and  agrees  to  pay  all  the  rent,  therefore  I  give 
to  my  executrix  in  trust  all  my  farm  in  Brighton  with  the  buildings  thereon  to  be 
conveyed  to  my  daughter  Ruth  Worcester  or  her  children  whenever  and  as  soon  as 
the  said  Worcester  shall  have  paid  up  all  the  said  rent  as  aforesaid  and  provided  it 
be  paid  within  2  years  after  my  decease  so  that  I  shall  not  have  been  called  upon  for 
any  part  thereof  nor  my  estate  be  liable  to  be  forever.  But  if  not  so  paid  by  said 
Worcester  the  farm  and  buildings  are  to  be  and  remain  in  fee  to  my  executrix  and 
her  heirs  &  assigns  forever. 

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Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter  Ruth  forty  dollars  to  be  paid  within 
■2  years  after  the  decease  of  me  and  my  wife  provided  the  said  Worcester  shall  have 
paid  all  the  rents  as  above  stated. 

Item.  I  give  and  devise  to  my  daughter  Hannah  all  the  rest  and  residue  of  my 
estate  and  effects  wheresoever  found,  to  have  and  to  hold  to  her  and  her  heirs  forever, 
my  daughters  Temperance  and  Ruth  having  received  to  the  value  of  about  four 
hundred  &  fifty  dollars  each. 

Lastly,  I  do  appoint  my  daughter  Hannah  my  sole  executrix,  hereby  revoking 
all  wills  heretofore  by  me  made.     Dated  Jan.  1,  1828. 

Thaddeus  Whitney. 
Signed,  sealed,  published  and  declared 
to  be  his  last  will  and  testament  in  the 
presence  of  us  who  at  his  request  and  in 
the  presence  of  each  other  subscribed  our  names 
as  witnesses. 
Abyal  Draper 
Timy.  Whitney 
Robert  Nelson, 

Be  it  remembered  that  I  Thaddeus  Whitney  do  make  the  following  addition  or 
alteration  to  the  foregoing  will,  that  is  I  do  appoint  Elyat  F.  Woodward  ol  the  same 
Newton  the  sole  executor  of  my  said  will  and  testament  instead  of  my  daughter 
Hannah,  hereby  revoking  so  much  thereof  as  constituted  and  appointed  her  the  sole 
executrix.  In  witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  seal  this  10th  of 
July, 1829. 

Thads.  Whitney. 
Signed,  sealed,  published  and  declared  to  be  an 
addition  to  his  last  will  in  the  presence  of  us 
who  at  his  request  and  in  presence  of  each  other 
have  subscribed  our  names  as  witnesses. 
Abyal  Draper 
Abyal  U.  Draper 
Amanda  Draper. 

1780.  i.         Temperance,  b.  Sept.  2,  1774;  m.  1795,  Jno.  Cook,  Jr.   Ch.:  Nancy, 

b.  Sept.  25,  1795;  m.  Davis;  Asa,  b.  June  3,  1797;  m.  Ros- 

anna ;  Louisa,  m. Jackson. 

1781.  ii.        Hannah,  b.  Apr.  9,  1779;  m.  David  Wardwell,  s.  p. 

1782.  iii.      Thaddeus,  b.  Sept.  1,  1788.     Mar.  2,  1821,  he  bought  of  Israel  L. 

Worcester  pew  54  in  the  meeting  house  of  the  First  Baptist 
church,  of  which  Rev.  Jonathan  Homes  was  pastor,  for  the  sum 
of  $19;  the  deed  of  which  is  now  in  possession  of  Geo.  A.  Wor- 
cester, of  Milford,  N.  H.     D.  unm.,  1823. 

1783.  iv.        Ruth,  b.  in  1776;  m.  Israel  Liberty  Worcester.  * 

707.  Timothy  Whitney,  (Moses,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Feb.  12,  1747; 
m.  in  1773,  Mary  Hyde;  d.  in  1828.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  a  New- 
ton company  with  his  three  brothers.     He  d.  in  1821;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 

1784.  1.         Stephen,  b.  1774;  m.  Ruth  Whittemore. 

1785.  ii.        Timothy,  b.  1776;  m.  1824,  Peggy  (Margaret)  Thayer, 

1786.  iii.       Polly,  b.  1778. 

1787.  iv.       Peggy,  b.  1780;  m.  Elijah  Whitney. 

1788.  V.        Anna,  b.  1782. 

1789.  vi.       Elisha,  b.  1784;  d.  young. 

715.    John  Whitney  (Moses,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Aug.  8,  1762;  m. 
Aug.  1785,  Polly  Pope,  of  Dedham.     He  d.  Aug.  28,  1816;  res.  Newton,  Mass. 

1790.  i.         Moses,  b. . 

1791.  ii.        AsA.b. . 

1791^. iii.       And  2  daus. 

719.  Hon.  Samuel  Whitney  (Joseph,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Massa- 
chusetts, Aug.  5,  1758;  m.  at  Worcester,  June  24,  1778,  Mary  Whitney,  dau.  of  Capt. 
Joshua,  b.  June  19,  1761 ;  d.  Apr.  27,  1835. 

Samuel  Whitney  was  born  in  Massachusetts,  Aug.  5,  1758.  He  moved  to  Wor- 
cester shortly  before  the  Revolutionary  war.  April  19,  1775,  he  enlisted  in  the  com- 
pany commanded  by  Capt.  Benjamin  Flagg,  which  marched  to  the  Lexington 
alarm.     In  1779  he  was  drafted  for  nine  months  as  private  in  the  company  com- 


manded  by  his  father-in-law,  Capt.  Joshua  Whitney,  Soon  after  his  marriage  in 
1778,  he  moved  to  Gilsum,  N.  H.,  and  erected  a  house.  In  1798  he  erected  another 
more  spacious,  and  just  as  he  was  fairly  settled  in  his  new  quarters  the  old  residence 
was  destroyed  by  fire.  The  first  records  in  Gilsum  relating  to  the  poor  is,  "  Voted  to 
allow  Samuel  Whitney  one  pound  four  shillings  for  his  services  in  warning  folks  out 
of  town."  He  was  often  chosen  by  his  fellow-citizens  on  important  committees  and 
filled  various  offices.  Was  moderator  of  the  town  meetings,  1796-1800-6-15;  select- 
man, 1798;  school  committee,  1790.  In  1797,  while  living  in  his  first  house,  his  wife 
did  her  cooking  out  of  doors  in  an  oven  built  for  that  purpose.  One  day  when  get- 
ting ready  to  bake  a  leg  of  mutton,  she  set  the  pan  on  the  ground  while  she  went 
into  the  house.  When  she  came  out  a  bear  was  just  carrying  off  her  dinner.  Catch- 
ing up  the  oven  poker  she  chased  it  away  and  saved  her  mutton.  Mr.  Whitney  was 
known  all  over  that  section  of  country  as  Squire  Whitney,  having  been  justice  of  the 
peace  from  1811  to  1826,  and  was  often  called  upon  to  perform  marriage  ceremonies. 
He  was  representative  in  the  Legislature  in  1805-7-11.  He  was  one  of  the  most 
respected  citizens  in  the  town.  When  he  went  there  in  1780  he  had  a  jack-knife  and 
25  cents  in  money.  While  at  work  clearing  his  land,  he  hung  his  jacket  on  a  limb  of 
a  tree;  it  caught  fire  and  he  was  left  without  anything.  He  paid  for  his  place  by 
catching  wild  pigeons.  At  his  death  he  left  a  valuable  estate.  He  d.  June  1,  1831; 
res.  Worcester,  Mass.;  Gilsum,  N.  H.,  and  Lawrenceville,  N.  Y. 

1792.  i.         William  Bartholomew,  b.  Oct.  4,  1778;  m.  Lydia  Ann  Law- 


1793.  ii.        Samuel,  b.  July  14,  1781;  m.  Hope  Blish  and  Elsey  Everts. 

1794.  iii.       Joshua,  b.  June  10,  1784;  m.  Harriett . 

1795.  iv.       Polly,  b  Apr.  10,  1786;  m.  David  Blish;  res.  Lawrenceville,  N.  Y. 

Ch.:     William,  b.  ;  res.  Lawrenceville,  N.  Y.;  David,  b. 

;  m.  Adeline   Irvine.      He   was   drowned  by  sinking  of 

steamer  Phoenix  on  Lake  Michigan.     His  wid.  m.  Wm.  Strong. 

Emily,  b.  ;    m.  Dr.    Carpenter,    Lawrenceville,    N.   Y.; 

Daniel,  b. . 

1796.  V.        Lois,  b.  Aug.  23,  1788;  m.  James  M.  Marks;  res.   Keene,  N.  H. 

1797.  vi.       Luther,  b.  Apr.  15,  1791;  m.  Betsey  Dart. 

1798.  vii.       Lydia,  b.  Sept.  6,  1793;  m.  May  18,  1813,  James  Locke;  res.  Wells- 

boro.  Pa.  He  was  b.  May  18,  1790;  d.  Mar.  14,  1874.  She  died 
Jan.  25,  1887.  He  was  a  watchmaker  and  jeweler;  res.  Wells- 
boro,  Pa. 

1799.  viii.     Daniel,  b.  Sept.  3,  1795;  m.  Emeline  Henshaw. 

1800.  ix.       Wm.  Clarke,  b.  Aug.  29,  1797;  d.  unm.  in  Belleville,  Ont. 

1801.  X.         Lucy,  b.  Apr.  27,  1800;  m.  Mar.  20,  1820,  Isaac  Coburn;  m.  2d, 

May  27,  1824,  Rev.  John  Smith,  an  M.  E.  clergyman;  res.  Parish- 

ville,  N.  Y. 
•     * 

723.  Palmer  Whitney  (Joseph,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Warwick, 
Orange,  Mass.,  Mar.  5,  1778;  m.  in  Warwick,  Mass.,  int.  Apr.  14;  m.  May  10,  1798, 
Judath  Barber,  b.  Sept.  10,  1777;  d.  Nov.  2,  1852. 

Palmer  Whitney  was  born  in  Warwick,  Mass.,  where  he  resided  until  a  short 
time  after  his  marriage,  when  he  moved  to  Java  Village,  N.  Y.,  and  kept  a  public 
house  for  a  number  of  years.  He  finally  moved  to  Illinois,  and  was  ever  afterwards 
a  farmer.  He  died  in  Riley,  June  26, 1854;  res.  Orange,  Mass.,  Java,  N.  Y.,  Riley,  111. 
Joseph,  b.  Aug.  8,  1798;  m.  Sophronia  Taylor. 
John,  b.  Aug.  18,  1804;  m.  Rachel  Ward  and  Mariah  Blood. 

Mark,  b. ;  m.  Caroline  Ward. 

Benjamin  F.,  b.  Oct.  19,  1818;  m.  Lucinda  Potter. 

Lemuel  P.,  b.  Oct.  22,  1821;  m.  Lydia  M.  Van  Slyke. 

Jarvis,  b.  Mar.  25,  1811;  m.  Nancy  Potter  and  Mary  C.  Rimmer. 

Anna,    b.   ;    m.   Harry    Eddy;   res.  .     Ch.:    Hiram, 

b, ,  res.  DeKalb,  111. 

1809.  vi.  Arseneth,  b.  Oct.  29,  1802;  m.  Feb.  27,  1823,  Samuel  Woodworth. 
b.  May  27,  1800,  d.  Feb.  4,  1869.  He  was  a  farmer  and  general 
speculator,  res.  Yorkshire,  N.  Y.  Ch.:  Minerva,  b.  July  1,  1824; 
m.  David  C.  Woolley,  Aug.  1842,  and  d.  May  7,  1892;  Celia,  b. 
Nov.  20,  1826;  d.  Jan.  18,  1827;  Harry  E.,  b.  Feb.  4,  1828;  m.  to 
Elvira  Blood,  Sept.  12,  1850;  res.  Delevan,  Catt.  Co.,  N.  Y.; 
Charles,  b.  Aug.  27,  1831,  d.  Jan.  29,  1843;  Anna  Marier,  b.  Oct. 
15,  1836;  m.  to  Bray  ton  B.  Lincoln,  Jan.  22, 1857;  res.  Richmond- 















ville,  Sanilac  Co.,  Mich.;  Nancy  Arseneth,  b.  Nov.  12,  1839;  m, 

to  Gordon   Parker,  Feb.  21,  1»61;  res.  Wales,  Erie  Co.,  N.  Y.; 

Samuel  Parker,  b.  Sept.  6,  1842,  d.  Oct.  11,  1865. 

1810.    ix.        Mary,  b. ,  d.  unm. 

J811.    X,        Angeline,  b. ;  m.  Harkett  Fancher.    Ch.:  Nancy;  m. 


1812.  xi.       Nancy,  b. ;  m.  Charles  Woodworth.    Ch.:  Emily,  m.  

Twiss;  res.  Aurora,  N.  Y. 

727.  Lemuel  Whitney  (Joseph,  Timothy,  John,  John,  John),  b.  Warwick,  Mass., 
Aug.  15,  1784;  m.  there  Aug.  14,  1804,  Sally  Pratt,  b.  Oxford,  Mass.,  Apr.  19,  1783;  d. 
Feb.  14, 1868,  near  Foster.  Ky. 

He  was  born  in  Warwick,  Mass.,  where  he  resided  for  a  short  time  after  mar- 
riage. He  then  migrated  westward,  locating  first  at  Lima,  near  Genesee  Landing, 
in  1809.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  war  of  1812,  was  at  the  battle  of  Queenstown,  and 
was  taken  prisoner.  In  1815  he  located  at  a  place  in  Ohio,  where  he  remained  a 
short  time,  going  then  to  Charleston,  Coles  Co.,  111.  He  finally  settled  in  Foster, 
Ky.,  where  he  died.  Hed.  July  13, 1860;  res.  Warwick  and  Oxford,  Mass.,  Lima,  N.  Y., 
Charleston,  111.,  and  Foster,  Ky. 

1813.  i.  James  Foster,  b.  Sept.  12,  1808;  m.  Elizabeth  S.  Morton. 

1814.  ii.         Cynthia,  b.  Dec.  31,  1812;  m.  June  30,  1830,  Dr.  W.  Thomas;  res. 

Foster,  Ky.  He  was  b.  in  Virginia  June  18,  1826;  d.  Apr.  16, 
1859.  Ch.:  Foster,  b.  Feb.  21,  1831,  farmer;  res.  Dwight,  Kan.; 
Theodore,  b.  July  7,  1833;  Malinda,  b.  Oct.  3,  1837;  Clara,  b. 
Sept.  11,  1840;  Sallie,  b.  July  12,  1842;  Anabell,  b.  Dec.  13,  1844; 
Sophia,  b.  May  21,  1846;  Julian,  b.  Oct.  14,  1848;  Lemuel,  b.  July 
5,  1852;  all  dead  but  the  three  boys. 

1815.  iii.        Sophia,  b.  Oxford,  Mass.;  m.  in  Mechanicsburgh,  O.,  Ludovicus 

Rudolph.  He  was  b.  in  Baltimore,  moved  to  Mt.  V^ernon, 
Ind.,  where  she  died,  leaving  two  small  children,  Charles  and 
Mary,  who  died  soon  after  their  mother, 

1816.  iv,        Malvina,  b,  Sept.  12,  1806;  m.  Dr,  Wilson  Dart.     He  died  two 

years  after  marriage  and  she  then  m.  Carlos  Hilton  Gould,  of 
Henniker,  N.  H.  They  were  married  in  Neville,  O.,  lived  there 
six  years  then  moved  to  Cincinnati.  He  was  owner  of  a  cotton 
factory,  had  two  children,  son  and  daughter.  The  son,  Charles 
W.  Gould,  was  in  the  Confederate  army;  after  that  he  went  to 
California,  was  there  six  years,  then  died.  Auditor  of  the  Court. 
The  daughter,  Mary  Dart,  died  when  young. 

1817.  v.         Diana,  b.  in  Mass.  1804;  d.  Mechanicsburgh,  O.,  in  1820. 

1818.  vi.        Sallie,  b,  Lima,  N,  Y,;  d.  when  one  week  old. 

728.  Ephraim  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  in 
Groton,  Mass.,  July,  1722;  m.  Dec.  6,  1749,  Thankful  Harrington,  b.  in  1729;  d.  July 
16,  1795. 

He  was  born  in  Groton,  moved  with  his  parents  to  Weston,  and  later  to  West- 
boro.  After  his  marriage  he  purchased  a  large  farm  in  Upton  on  which  he  always 
resided  and  followed  agricultural  pursuits.  At  his  decease  the  farm  was  equally 
divided  between  his  two  sons.     He  d.  July  21,  1797;  res.  Upton,  Mass. 

1819.  i.  Thankful,  b.  Nov.  11,  1750;  m.  Jonathan  Batchelor.    They  res. 

in  Upton;  farmer.  Ch.:  Thankful,  m.  Josiah  Rock  wood,  res. 
Upton;  ch.,  Lewis,  Adams,  and  Emily;  Margery,  m.  Amos  Bra- 
dish,  res.  Upton;  ch.,  Harvey,  James,  Jonathan,  Melinda,  Em- 
mons, and  Metilda;  Jonathan,  d.  young,  unm.;  Otis,  m.  Susan- 
nah Buck,  res.  Upton;  ch.,  Lucy,  Chloe,  Serena,  Direxza, 
Hannah,  and  one  other;  Hannah,  m.  David  Hawes;  ch.,  Calista 
and  Darias. 

1820.  ii.         Beulah,  b.  Jan.  23,  1753;  m.  May  7,  1772,  Samuel  Forbush.     He 

was  son  of  Lieut.  Samuel  Forbush,  of  Westboro,  and  great-great- 
grand-son  of  Daniel  Forbes  (Forbush  Ffarabas),  who  came 
from  Scotland  in  1655  (see  Forbes-Forbush  genealogy  by  Fred 
C.  Pierce,  p.  61).  He  was  b.  Jan.  29,  1750;  d.  in  Upton,  Mass., 
Oct.  31,  1829.  She  d.  May  11,  1848;  ae.  95  years.  Ch.:  Dea. 
Samuel,  b.  Mar.  30,  1773;  m.  Lydia  Gibson;  res.  Upton;  ch., 
Eliza,  John,  Mary,  Joseph,  Persis  G.,  Julia  and  Thomas  Spencer; 


Beulah,  b.  July  3,  1774;  d.  unm.  Apr.  1,  1833;  Ephraim,  b.  Dec. 
15,  1775;  m.  Rebecca  Sadler  and  Polly  Stowe,  res.  Upton,  9  ch.; 
Levi,  b.  Nov.  11, 1777;  m.  Mary  Warren;  res.  Upton,  Mass.,  3  ch.; 
Abijah,  b.  May  11,  1779;  m.  Sarah  Fiske.  He  was  a  great  sing- 
ing master;  res.  Shelburne,  Mass.,  6  ch.;  Abner,  b.  Nov.  14, 1782; 
m.  Polly  Batchelor;  res.  Upton,  3  ch.;  Lucy,  b.  Sept.  3,  1791;  d. 
Jan.  20,  1819;  unm. 

1821.  iii.        Ephraim,  b.  May   13,  1756;   m.  Jemima  Whipple  and  Joanna 


1822.  iv.       Amos,  b.  June  29,  1759;  m.  Eunice  Taft. 

729.  Oliver  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
boro,  Mass.,  Dec.  1,  1724;  m.  Dorcas  Warren.  He  saw  active  service  in  the  Revo- 
lutionary war  in  Capt.  Wood's  company  from  Upton.     He  d. ;  res.  Upton,  Mass. 


Ezra,  b. ;  m. 

i.         Oliver,  b. ;  d.  unm.,  aged  80. 

ii.        Jacob,  b.  in  1770;  m.  Patty  Whipple. 



















782.  Nathaniel  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
July  22,  1728;  m.  Feb.  20,  1754,  Abigail  Marstop,  of  Grafton.  At  the  time  of  his  mar- 
riage he  resided  in  Spencer.  Nathaniel  Whitney  was  a  member  of  the  company  of 
training  and  alarm  soldiers  in  Capt.  Samuel  Warren's  company  in  Grafton  in  1757. 
The  inventory  of  Nathaniel's  estate,  late  of  Grafton,  was  made  Aug.  5,  1776.  His 
wife,  Abigail,  was  administratrix.  Her  thirds  were  set  off  Apr.  2,  1782,  and  she  was 
appointed  guardian  for  Joseph,  Hannah,  Catherine  and  Lois.  He  d.  in  G.  May  L 
1776;  res.  Grafton,  Mass. 

1826.     i.  Nathaniel,  b.  Oct.  14,  1754;  m. .    Nathaniel  Whitney,  Jr., 

was  a  member  of  the  company  of  Capt.  Luke  Drury,  which 
marched  from  Grafton  to  the  alarm  Apr.  19,  1775. 
Abigail,  b.  Feb.  10,  1757;  d.  Aug.  27,  1760. 
Mary,  b.  Mar.  19,  1759;  m.  1782,  Jonas  Southgate,  of  Leicester. 

She  d.  July  18,  1782;  he  d.  1784. 
Lydia,  b.  Mar.  20,  1761;  d.  Feb.  24,  1776. 
Abigail,  b.  Apr.  11,  1763. 
Hannah,  b.  Aug.  28, 1765. 
Joseph,  b.  Nov.  27,  1767;  m.  Polly  Stockwell. 
Katherine,  b.  Feb.  14,  1770.    She  was  not  married  in  1791,  for 

July  16  she  signed  receipts  for  estate. 
Tirzah,  b.  Aug.  15.  1772;  d.  Feb.  9,  1776. 
Lois,  b.  Feb.  8,  1775. 

738.  Eli  Whitney  (Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  bap.  May  3,. 
1740;  m.  Feb.  9,  1765,  Elizabeth  Fay,  b.  1740,  d.  Aug.  18,  1777;  m.  2d,  June  12,  1779 
Judith  Hazelden  of  Sutton.  He  was  born  in  Westboro  where  he  always  resided,  and 
was  a  farmer  by  occupation.  When  the  Revolutionary  war  broke  out  he  was  a 
member  of  the  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Baker  and  saw  active  service  in  the 
Westboro  company.  He  was  a  very  large  man,  weighing  nearly  300  pounds.  Was  a 
member  of  the  church,  often  held  town  office,  and  for  years  was  justice  of  the  peace. 
In  his  day  he  was  one  of  the  prominent  citizens  in  the  town.  He  d.  Aug.  12,  1807; 
res.  Westboro,  Mass. 

1836.  i.  Eli,  b.  Dec.  8.  1765;  m.  Henrietta  F.  Edwards. 

1837.  ii.         Elizabeth  Fay,  b.  Apr.  16,  1767;  m.  Elihu  Blake  of  Westboro. 

She  d.  Feb.  8,  1827.  He  died  about  10  years  after  his  wife.  Ch.: 
Elizabeth  Fay,  m.  Aug.  19,  1818,  Rev.  Zedekiah  Smith  Barstow, 
D.  D.,  who  died  in  Keene,  N.  H.;  a  son  Dr.  Barstow;  res.  Flush- 
ing, L.  I.;  Philos;  Elisha,  ch..  Prof .  Wm.  P.  and  Theodore;  res. 
New  Haven;  Eli  Whitney,  ch.,  Henry  T.  and  Mrs.  Rev.  Geo. 
Bushnell;  both  res.  in  New  Haven,  Conn.;  Maria,  m.  Rev.  Mr. 
Burgess;  Josiah  Whitney,  John,  George,  Edward,  Frances,  m. 
Rev.  Mr.  Orcott. 

1838.  iii.        Benjamin,  b.  Sept.  13,  1768;  m.  Sibbel  Blake. 

1839.  iv.        Josiah,  b.  Mar.  31,  1770.    Josiah  was  born  in  Westboro,  where  he 

resided  until  he  had  nearly  attained  his  majority,  when  he  went 
to  Boston.  There  he  began  life  as  clerk  in  a  store.  By  indus- 
try and  economy  he  amassed  a  competency,  and  at  his  death 
in  1839  was  one  of  the  prominent  shipping  merchants  in  that 


city,  and  was  located  on  Central  wharf.  He  was  an  influential 
citizen;  with  other  Boston  merchants  and  one  or  two  in  the  south 
he  had  the  ship  built  called  the  "  Eli  Whitney,"  and  she  was 
used  in  carrying  cotton  from  the  south  to  Boston.  He  was  a  man 
of  wit  and  genial  temperament,  and  had  many  friends  and  was 
highly  respected.     He  was  never  married. 

753.  Capt.  Samuel  Whitney  (Sarrviel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  in 
Weston,  Sept.  23,  1739;  m.  in  Grafton,  1762,  Phebe  Harrington;  b.  G.  May  25,  1740; 
d.  Marlboro,  Vt.,  Mar.  6,  1812. 

Capt.  Samuel  Whitney  was  born  in  Weston,  Mass.,  and  while  a  young  man 
removed  to  Grafton,  Mass.,  where  he  was  an  early  settler.  There  he  was  united  to 
his  wife,  and  shortly  after  moved  to  Shrewsbury.  About  the  middle  of  November, 
1769,  with  his  brother,  Nathaniel,  he  went  to  Marlboro,  Vt.  In  March,  1770,  he  made  a 
quantity  of  maple  sugar  and  then  moved  from  the  east  to  the  west  part  of  the  town  and 
began  anew  on  the  premises  he  afterward  occupied.  In  1770  he  opened  the  forest 
and  erected  a  log  house,  in  the  raising  of  which  he  invited  his  brothers,  Nathaniel 
and  Jonas,  and  James  Ball  to  assist  him.  In  1772,  probably  in  March,  he  moved  his 
family  from  Shrewsbury  to  Marlboro,  consisting  of  his  wife  and  four  children.  He 
was  enterprising,  laborious,  and  persevering,  bold,  resolute,  and  fearless,  bravely 
surmountmg  the  trials  of  a  pioneer.  He  had  a  peculiar  voice,  better  fitted  for  the 
sternness  of  authority  than  the  smooth  adulations  of  flattery.  He  erected  buildings 
and  opened  a  public  house,  which  he  kept  till  the  close  of  life.  The  site  of  this  prop- 
erty is  now  occupied  by  the  West  Marlboro  postofiice. 

Mr.  Whitney  was  a  great  hunter,  and  but  for  the  prompt  assistance  on  one 
occasion  rendered  by  his  sons,  Moses  and  Guilford,  lads  at  the  time,  would  undoubt- 
edly have  been  killed  by  a  bear.  Mr.  Whitney  carried  the  scar  to  his  grave.  He  d. 
Feb.  1,  1811;  res.  Grafton  and  Shrewsbury,  Mass.  and  Marlboro,  Vt. 

1840.  i.  Catherine,  or  Catv,  b.  May  5,  1763;  m.  Samuel  Pratt,  of  Marl- 


1841.  ii.         Elizabeth,  or  Betty,  b.  Aug.  26,  1764;  m.  Alvin  Pratt,  of  Marl- 

Moses,  b.  Oct.  20,  1765;  d.  infant,  Dec.  14,  1765. 
Moses,  b.  Jan.  26,  1767;  m.  Bernice  Locke. 
Guilford,  b.  Jan.  2,  1769;  m.  Anna  Locke. 
Samuel,  b.  Apr.  18,  1772;  m.  Susanna  Kimball. 
Mariam,  b.  June  10,  1776;  m.  Lyman  Brown,  of  Jethro. 
Zenas,  b.  Mar.  14,  1779. 
SiMCi,  b.  Apr.  10,  1781;  m.  Silence  Tucker. 
Phebe,  b.  Jan.  17,  1786;  m.  Roswell  Paddleford. 
Rupert,  b.  July  27,  1789;  d.  May  3,  1790.     He  was  born  when  his 

mother  was  in  her  50th  year. 

755.  Capt.  Nathaniel  Whitney  (Samuel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
Shrewsbury,  May  30,  1749;  m.  Jan.  21,  1771,  Mary  Houghton  of  Lancaster,  b.  June 
1751;  d.  Sept.  27,  1844. 

Capt.  Nathaniel  Whitney,  when  a  young  man,  20  years  of  age,  with  his  brother 
Samuel,  Jr.,  on  invitation  of  Col.  William  Williams,  visited  Marlboro,  Vt.,  for  the 
first  time,  in  Nov.  1769.  He  returned  to  his  home  m  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  in  a  few 
weeks,  where  he  remained  until  the  following  March,  when  in  company  with  his 
father  and  brother  Samuel,  he  returned  to  Marlboro.  The  father  left  the  two  boys 
and  returned  with  his  sleigh  and  horses  to  Shrewsbury.  That  spring,  on  land  in  the 
easterly  part  of  the  town,  they  made  their  first  attempt  at  making  maple  sugar  and 
were  very  successful  in  the  enterprise.  The  same  spring  these  two  brothers  pur- 
chased of  Charles  Phelps,  Esq.,  of  New  Marlboro,  in  the  county  of  Cumberland,  and 
Province  of  New  York,  for  ;^55  land  near  that  of  Governor  Wentworth,  and  Samuel 
West.  Capt.  Whitney  erected  a  log  camp  in  the  woods  and  began  clearing  his  new  farm. 
In  this  camp  he  spent  the  two  following  summers,  ambitious  and  laborious  in  his  new 
field  of  labor.  At  his  request  Mrs.  Col.  Williams  cooked  for  him  a  week's  provision 
at  a  time  and  he  returned  to  his  camp  and  spent  the  week  in  hard  work  upon  it.  His 
principal  living  was  pork  and  peas  and  beans  with  a  comfortable  supply  of  bread, 
and  occasionally  with  the  additional  luxury  of  trout  and  wild  game.  For  his  bread 
he  brought  the  meal  upon  his  back  from  Brattleboro,  Coleraine  or  Greenfield,  distances 
from  10  to  20  miles  away.  Upon  these  premises  he  erected  the  first  framed  dwelling 
in  the  town,  which  he  occupied  for  a  few  years  and  then  disposed  of  for  Continental 
paper  money,  which  depreciated  in  value,  by  which  he  suffered  an  almost  total  loss 




















of  his  sale.  In  this  inpoverished  condition  he  began  anew  by  purchasing  of  Charles 
Phelps  472K  acres  of  land,  the  deed  of  which  is  dated  Mar.  28,  1777.  He  sold  part  of 
the  land  to  his  brother  Eliphalet  and  purchased  other  adjoining  of  Perez  Stockwell, 
June  12,  1777.  He  again  became  a  prosperous  farmer  and  was  an  influential  and 
much  esteemed  citizen.  In  the  adventures  of  Capt.  Whitney,  as  one  of  the  early 
settlers  of  Marlboro,  there  are  numerous  incidents  not  wholly  devoid  of  interest  and 
which  would  justify  an  extended  notice  in  the  town  history.  On  one  occasion  he 
killed  a  bear  which  when  dressed  weighed  466  pounds,  one  of  the  largest,  if  not  the 
largest  ever  killed  in  Vermont.  Capt.  Whitney  was  a  staunch  Whig,  and  took  a 
decided  stand  in  favor  of  the  American  Revolution.  On  hearing  of  the  battle  of 
Lexington  which  occurred  April  19,  1775,  Capt.  Whitney  and  Capt.  Jonathan  Warren 
shouldered  their  muskets  and  hastened  forward  to  offer  their  services  as  volunteers 
in  defense  of  the  colonies.  He  reached  Bennington  on  the  eve  of  the  battle  Aug. 
16,  1777,  and  was  placed  as  a  guard  over  a  captured  enemy.  At  the  close  of  the 
campaign  he  returned  to  his  family  and  his  farm,  a  laborious  citizen,  taking  a  lively 
interest  in  the  growth  and  prosperity  of  the  town  and  in  the  spiritual  advance  of  the 
Congregational  church  of  which  for  many  years  he  was  a  worthy  member.  He  reared 
a  large  family  of  children,  whose  voices  in  the  church  choir  will  long  be  remembered. 
He  d.  June  4,  1829;  res.  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  and  Marlboro,  Vt. 

1852.  i.  Solomon,  b.  Mar.  7,1781;  m.  Lucy  Lyman  and  Mrs.  Sybil  (Armes) 


1853.  ii.        Nathaniel,  b.  Sept.  15,  1771,  in  S.;  d.  Dec.  1,  1771,  in  S. 

1854.  iii.       Charlotte,  b.  Apr.  4,  1785;  m.  1806,  Eli  Higley;  res.  Whiting- 

ham.     He  d.  May  4,  1845.     She  m.  2d,  Jabez  Smith  of  Wilming- 

1855.  iv.        ZiLPHA,  b.  June  8,  1789;  m.  Elisha  Putnam,  of  Buckland,  Mass. 
He  was  b.  May  18, 1786;  d.  Shelburne  Falls,  Mass.,  Dec.  24, 1859. 

Luther,  b.  Oct.  2,  1777;  m.  Jerusha- 
Molly,  b.  Mar.  1776;  d.  Sept.  1788. 











Dolly,  b.  July  29,  1774;  m.,  1789,  Henry  Sawtell. 
Chloe,  b.  May  4,  1783;  d.  Sept.  12,  1803. 

Rhoda,  b.  July  9,  1787;  m.  William  Merrill,  res.  Burlington.    She 
d.  1848. 

1861.  X.         Molly,  b.  Sept.  10,  1772;   d.  Dec.  10,  1774,  in  Marlboro.    Her 

remains  were  the  first  interred  in  the  graveyard  in  the  woods  in 

1862.  xi.        Nathaniel,  b.  May  24,  1779;    m.  Sally  Stewart  and  Mrs.  Lucy 

(Houghton)  Hatch. 

1863.  xii.      Betsey,  b.  Aug.  22,  1791;  m.  Asa  Jacobs,  of  Guilford. 

1864.  xiii.    Clark,  b.  Apr.  8,  1794;  d.  Feb.  18, 1814. 

760.  Dea.  Jonas  Whitney  (Samuel,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  June  14,  1751;  m.  Jan.  11,  1773,  Tamar  Houghton,  of  L.,  b. 
June  8,  1754;   d.  Mar.  31,  1831. 

He  was  born  in  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  and  with  his  brother  was  an  early  settler  in 
Marlboro,  Vt.  Was  for  many  years  a  deacon  in  the  Congregational  church.  When 
the  first  town  meeting  was  held  in  1775  he  was  elected  to  office.  The  Deacon 
kept  the  tavern  down  the  hill  in  Marlboro,  where  the  good  fathers  used  to  go  on 
Sunday  during  the  intermission  between  the  morning  and  afternoon  service.  Clubs 
of  four  would  call  for  a  "mug  of  toddy"  to  moisten  their  bread  and  cheese.  The 
Deacon  mixed  it,  for  who  could  make  such  excellent  toddy  as  he?  The  large  glass, 
holding  a  quart,  two-thirds  full  of  water,  was  well  seasoned  with  loaf  sugar,  when  it 
was  filled  up  with  "  old  Jamaica  rum,"  and  well  mixed  by  an  adept  use  of  the  "  toddy 
stick,"  receiving  its  finishing  touch  with  a  sprinkling  of  grated  nutmeg.  The  four 
drank  out  of  the  same  glass,  "  passing  it  around."  If  there  was  more  than  they 
needed  they  passed  it  to  others,  for  they  were  prudent  and  temperate  in  all  things. 
A  "half  mug  "  served  for  two,  and  it  was  seldom  that  any  one  drank  alone.  As  a 
rule,  each  one  paid  his  share,  the  business  of  treating  not  being  popular  in  the 
church.  This  harmless  social  habit  is  scouted  now,  though  drunkenness  at  that 
time  was  almost  unknown.  If  a  young  man  got  so  far  under  the  influence  of 
strong  drink  as  to  lose  the  proper  control  of  his  limbs  or  his  tongue,  it  brought  a 
stigma  upon  him  in  the  community,  from  which  he  rarely  recovered.  His  wife  was 
one  of  a  family  of  eleven  children,  and  was  the  first  to  die,  aged  77  years.  The 
youngest  of  the  eleven  was  present  at  her  funeral — his  age  was  55;  he  died  in 
Strongsville,  Ohio.  He  d.  Apr.  28,  1842;  res.  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  Marlboro,  Vt.,  and 
Strongsville,  Ohio. 


1865.  i.      Sally,  b.  Aug.  10,  1774;  m.  in  1790  Joseph  Olds,  Esq.     She  d.  Cir- 

cleville,  O.,  Nov.  19.  1840.  He  was  b.  Apr.  26, 1769,  in  Granville, 
Mass.;  d.  July  29,  1844,  at  Lithopolis,  O.  Ch.:  Lorenzo  Hough- 
ton, b.  June  24,  1812;  m.  Mar.  25,  1835,  Anna  W.  Robbitts;  res. 
Springfield,  O.;  Roxey,  b.  June  4,  1814;  m.  1837,  Israel  Gregg; 
res.  Grand  Rapids,  Mich.;  Cbauncey  Newell,  b.  Feb.  2,  1816;  m. 
1838,  Caroline  Woodruff;  m.  2d  Sept.  9,  1852,  Mary  Bliss  Will- 
iams, b.  July  17,  1830;  d.  Jan.  1,  1889.  He  d.  Feb.  11,  1890.  He 
moved  to  Ohio  with  his  parents  in  1820;  A.  B.,  Oxford,  O.,  1836; 
professor  there,  Greek  and  Latirl,  1836-40;  A.  M.,  Oxford,  1839;  to 
Circleville,  O.,  1840;  Ohio  House  of  Representatives,  1848-49; 
Ohio  State  Senate,  1849-50;  moved  to  Columbus,  1856;  mem- 
ber Ohio  bar,  1842;  attorney-general  Ohio,  1865-66;  LL.  D., 
Marietta,  1867;  trustee  Oxford  University,  1848-70,  by  election 
of  legislature;  trustee  Lane  Theological  Seminary,  1871  to  1890 
delegate  to  Pan-Presbyterian  council,  Edinborough,  1877;  dele- 
gate to  Pan-Presbyterian  council,  Philadelphia,  1880;  member 
general  assembly  Presbyterian  church,  1863,  1870, 1878;  commis- 
sioner of  exemption  from  draft,  Ohio,  1864;  died  Columbus,  O., 
Feb.  11,  1890.  Ch.:  William  W.,  b.  Nov.  22, 1838;  adj.-general, 
Garfield's  staff,  42d  Ohio  Vols.  Inftry;  killed  before  Vicksburg 
May,  1863;  Mary  Gore,  b.  Sept.  23,  1847;  m.  Dr.  Edmund  C. 
Lewis;  res.  Canal  Dover,  O.;  Frank  Williams,  b.  June  19,  1853; 
m.  Dec.  10,  1889,  Harriet  E.  Nash,  b.  Aug.  12,  1855;  res.  Will- 
iamstown,  Mass.  He  was  born  in  Circleville  and  moved  to 
Columbus,  1855;  grad.  Williston  Seminary,  Easthampton, 
Mass.,  1872;  A.  B.,  Williams  College,  1876;  to  N.  Y.  City,  1876; 
M.  D.,  Columbia  College  (Col.  Physicians  and  Surgeons),  1880; 
house  surgeon,  Bellevue  Hospital,  N.  Y.,  1881-82;  memb.  N.  Y. 
County  Med.  Soc,  1882-92;  fellow,  N.  Y.  Academy  Medicine, 

1883 ;  memb.  N.  Y.  Historical  Society,  1890 ;  memb. 

N.  Y.  Chapt.  Sons  of  the  Revolution,  1892 ;  removed  to  Will- 

iamstown,  Mass., Nov.,  1892,  physician;  William  Ross, b.  Aug.  11, 
1791;  m.  Barbary  Pratt.  He  d.  July  15,  1861;  Amasa  Minley,  b. 
Feb.  16,  1793;  m.  Nov.  22,  1814,  Lephe  Winchester,  and  d.  Sept. 
20,  1838;  Joseph,  b.  Oct.  25,  1794;  m.  Almira  A.  Olds,  and  d.  Apr. 
27,  1847;  Edson,  b.  Mar.  22,  1797;  d.  Feb.  22,  1799;  Chester,  b. 
Oct.  24,  1798;  m.  Phila  Adams,  and  d.  July  21,1862;  Sally,  b. 
Oct.  5,  1800;  d.  Jan.  18,  1809;  Edson  Baldwin,  b.  June  3,  1802;  m. 
Ann  Maria  Carollus,  and  d.  Jan.  24,  1869;  Gamaliel,  b.  Nov.  28, 
1803;  m.  Minerva  Howe,  and  d.  Jan.  26,  1894;  Jonas  Whitney,  b. 
July  17,  1805;  m.  Mary  Ann  Walker,  and  d.  Sept.  30,  1832;  Ben- 
jamin Smith,  b.  May  6,  1807;  m.  Theresa  Herron,  and  d.  Nov. 
12,  1862;  Sally  Houghton,  b.  Nov.  4,  1810;  d.  Aug.  21,  1811;  Ly- 
man Newton,  b.  July  16,  1819;  m.  Minerva  Adams,  and  d.  Apr. 
26,  1875,  at  Circleville,  O. 

1866.  ii.         CiNDA,  b.  Apr.  18,  1776;  m.  Nathan  Britain. 

1867.  iii.        Lucy,  b.  Jan.  22,  1778;  m.  June  23, 1809,  Gen.  Jonathan  Smith.  She 

d.  Apr.  9,  1836. 

1868.  iv.  TAMAR,b.  July  9,  1779;  m.  John  T.  Strong. 

1869.  V.  Jonas,  b.  Mar.  16.  1781;  d.  Apr.  4,  1781. 

1870.  vi.  Julia,  b.  Sept.  10,  1782;  d.  Aug.  27, 1786. 

1871.  vii.  Irene,  b.  July  19,  1784;  m.  July  22,  1802.  Elijah  Lyman  Clark,  son 

of  Rev.  Dr.  Gershom.     She  d.  Strongsville,  O.,  Sept.  27,  1820. 

1872.  viii.     Roxey,  b.  May  10,  1786;  m.  Sept.  25,  1808,  Rev.  Ira  M.  Olds.    She 

d.  Jan.  26,  1813. 

1873.  ix.       Julia,  b.  Apr.  21,  1788;  m.  Apr.  27, 1811,  Rev.  Gamaliel  S.  Olds. 

She  d.  Circleville,  O.  Among  the  first  who  settled  in  Ohio  were 
John  Strong,  accompanied  or  soon  followed  by  Bowen,  Lyman, 
Whitney  and  others,  who  located  in  Strongsville— naming  it 
thus  in  honor  of  Mr.  Strong,  the  original  purchaser.  The  Rev. 
Gamaliel  Olds  and  his  brother  Joseph  Olds,  Esq.,  and  their 
families  removed  to  Circleville  about  fifty  years  ago.  Among 
the  children  of  Joseph  was  the  late  Hon.  Edson  B.  Olds,  Dr. 


Chester  Olds,  and  Judge  Chauncey  N.  Olds,  all  well  known  in 

1874.  X.         Jonas,  b.  June  20,  1791;  m.  Dec.  6,  1812,  Lovicey  Houghton,  dau. 

of  Capt.  Nahum,  and  res.  Marlboro. 

1875.  xi.        Lyman,  b.  Dec.  2,  1793;  d.  May  20,  1826.     He  was  graduated  at 

Middlebury  college  in  1817,  and  at  Andover  Theological  Sem- 
inary in  1821;  was  ordained  a  Congregational  minister  at 
Columbia,  Conn.,  in  1821,  and  died  a  home  missionary  at  Ash- 
ville,  N.  C. 

1876.  xii.      Dewey,  b.  Oct.  3, 1796. 

764.  Phinehas  Whitney  (Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
Spencer,  Mass.,  June  24,  1740;  m.  at  Worcester,  May  20,  1770,  Sarah  Harington,  of 

Phineas  lived  in  Spencer,  Mass.  Afterwards  moved  to  Dudley,  Worcester  Co.^ 
Mass.;  then  moved  and  finally  settled  near  German  Flats,  N.Y.  He  was  a  chair 
maker.  His  son  Elisha  settled  in  Stockbridge,  Mass.,  on  the  homestead  of  his 
grandfather  Wilson;  res.  Spencer  and  Dudley,  Mass.,  and  Oswego,  N.  Y.,  near 
Mohawk  River. 

1877.  i.         Elisha,  b. ;  res.  Stockbridge,  Mass. 

1878.  ii.        Joseph,  b.  1777;  m.  in  Herkimer,  N.  Y.,  Sylvia  Woodbury.     He  d. 

Feb.  28,  1870;  res.  Vernon,  N.  Y. 

1879.  iii.       Lyman,  b. . 

1880.  iv.       Franklin,  b. . 

1881.  v.       Sally,  b. 

1882.  vi.       Phinehas,  b.  Mar.  10,  1788;  m.  Martha  Mattison  and  Deborah 


765.  Dea.  Lemuel  Whitney  (Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
Leicester,  Mass.,  in  1743;  m.  in  1769,  Thankful  Griffeth,  b.  Plymouth,  Mass.,  1745;  d. 
1818.  He  lived  successively  in  Spencer,  Mass.,  Tolland,  Conn.,  and  Springfield,  Vt. 
He  and  all  his  brothers  and  all  his  brothers-in-law  were  in  the  Revolutionary  army, 
but  perhaps  his  chief  help  to  the  country  was  in  the  manufacture  of  saltpetre,  which 
was  made  into  gunpowder.  This  he  made,  both  in  Mass.  and  Conn.,  from  earth  dug 
from  under  old  buildings.  He  was  both  a  farmer  and  carpenter,  and  after  he  went 
to  Vermont  he  engaged  in  the  manufacture  of  brick,  of  rope  and  of  chairs.  He  was 
a  man  of  strong  faith  and  religious  character  and  much  interested  in  the  Congrega- 
tional church  in  S.,  of  which  he  was  the  first  deacon.  The  church  rates  then  were 
mostly  paid  in  wheat  and  cattle,  and  Mr.  W.  used  to  redeem  these  with  money 
received  from  his  manufactures  and  send  them  to  Boston  receiving  money  again, 
an  almost  unknown  article  to  the  average  farmer  in  the  new  state  then.  I  suppose 
the  amount  he  received  would  seem  small  to  the  modern  farmer,  but  it  was  comfort, 
if  not  wealth,  then.  He  died  Feb.  1,  1813,  of  epidemic  pneumonia.  He  was  a  man 
of  large  frame  and  great  endurance.  It  is  said  that  he  once  walked  from  Springfield, 
Vt.,  to  Spencer,  Mass.,  a  distance  of  80  miles,  in  a  day.  His  wife  was  small,  fair, 
with  auburn  hair,  a  shrewd,  capable  woman  and  a  notable  housewife.  She  was  of 
Welch  descent.  He  d.  Feb.  18,  1813;  res.  Leicester,  Mass.,  Tolland,  Conn.,  and 
Springfield,  Vt. 

1883.  i.  John,  b.  Oct.  20,  1774;  m.  Elizabeth  Safford. 

1884.  ii.         Cyrus,  b.  Sept.  20,  1770;  m.  Ruth  Mayo. 

1885.  iii.        Benjamin,  b.  in  1774;  m.  Betsey  Bragg. 

1886.  iv.        Lemuel,  b.  Jan.  3,  1779;  m.  Mrs.  Ellen  Kimball. 

1887.  V.         Sally,  b.  Sept.  29,  1780;  m.  in  Springfield,  Daniel  Safford.    Sally 

Whitney  moved  with  her  husband  to  Essex  Co.,  N.  Y.,  about 
1818,  and  settled  on  an  extensive:  farm  one  mile  west  of  Whalons- 
burgh.  She  was  a  woman  beloved  by  all  who  knew  her;  an 
exemplary  Christian,  and  member  of  the  Presbyterian  church. 
Ch.:  Parmelia  H.,  b.  Dec.  11,  1808;  d.  Sept.  11,  1811;  Whitney, 
b.  July  29.  1806;  m.  Ruth  Mather,  res.  Whalonsburgh,  N.  Y.;. 
Henrietta  M.,  b.  Jan.  24,  1811 ;  d.  unm.,  Sept.  14,  1833;  Thankful 
R.,  b.  June  22,  1813;  m.  Orrin' Reynolds,  d.  Essex,  N,  Y.,  Sept. 
20,  1870,  son  W.  A.,  res.  Whalonsburgh;  Lydia  L.,  b.  Sept. 
17,  1815;  d.  unm.  Feb.  6,  1878;  Daniel  Henry,  b.  Dec.  22,  1817;  d.. 
Sept.  29,  1831;  W^m.  E.,  b.  May  27,  1820;  d.  Apr.  28,  1826. 

1888.  vi.        Elijah,  b.  July  3,  1788;  m.  Susannah  Oaks  and  Susan  James. 

1889.  vii.       Joseph,  b.  Feb.  21,  1786;  m.  Orinda  Stafford. 












767.  Elisha  Whitney  (Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  in  1747; 
m.  Esther  Clark.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  company  from  Spencer, 
commanded  by  Capt.  Green;  res.  Stockbridge,  Mass. 

1890.  Sally,  b.  Oct.  12,  1788. 

768.  John  Whitney  (Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Leicester, 
Mass.,  Klay  5,  1751;  m.  Rachel  Hiscock;  b.  in  1760;  d.  June  80,  1824. 

John  Whitney  resided  in  Westfield,  Mass.,for  two  years,  then  moved  to  Hoboken, 
N.  Y.  He  was  a  soldier  in  the  Revolutionary  war  one  year.  Was  present  at  the 
surrender  of  Burgoyne.  He  d.  Sept.  19,  1828;  res.  Westfield,  Mass.,  and  Rochester, 
N.  Y. 

1891.  i.  Warham,  b.  Apr.  27,  1786;  m.  Nancy  Mordoff. 

1892.  ii.         John,  b.  May  5,  1795;  m.  Nancy  Van  Tuyl. 

-    1893.    iii.       Nancy,  b.  Dec.  1,  1782;  m.  James  Smith,    She  d.  Nov.  24, 1819; 
res.  Mass. 
1894.    iv.        Susannah,  b.  July  27,  1784;  m.  Jahaziel  Janes.    She  d.  Dec.  12, 
1849;  res.  Greece,  N.  Y.    They  had  a  son  Warham  and  a  dau. 
who  m.  a  Mr.  Little,  and  res.  in  San  Francisco,  Cal.     Other  ch. 
were  George  and  Laura. 
Alanson,  b.  Mar.  31,  1797;  m.  Catherine  Voorhies. 
JARED,  b.  Oct.  6, 1790. 
Samuel,  b.  May  10,  1788. 
William,  b.  Apr.  30,  1803;  d.  Oct.  17, 1823. 
Electa,  b.  Sept.  15,  1792;  m.Liley  Glazier.  She  d.  Mar.  26,  1840. 

770.  Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  in  1758; 
m.  in  Spencer,  June  7,  Hi-'l,  Esther  Prouty;  b.  Spencer,  Mass.,  June  11,  1764;  d. 
Langdon,  N.  H.;  m.  2d  in  1790,  Electa  Sawtell. 

Joshua  Whitney  settled  in  Langdon,  N.  H.,  where  he  buried  his  first  wife;  then 
moved  to  Cavendish,  Vt.,  where  he  married  Miss  Sawtell.  From  there  he  went  to 
the  Genesee  river  in  New  York,  and  located  at  Pike  in  1815.  Served  in  the  war  of 
the  Revolution  two  years  from  Spencer,  Mass.,  in  the  company  from  that  town;  was 
in  two  battles  previous  to  the  capture  of  Burgoyne, and  was  present  at  his  surrender. 

Washington  Whitney,  of  East  Middletown,  Dane  Co.,  Wis.,  and  Dr.  Joshua 
Whitney,  of  Emmettsburg,  la.,  are  descendants  of  Joshua  and  Electa.  He  d.  Nov. 
18,  1850;  res.  Spencer,  Mass.,  Langdon  and  Dalton,  N.  H.,  Cavendish,  Vt.,  and  Pike, 
N.  Y. 

1900.  i.         Charles,  b. . 

1901.  ii.        Asahel,  b. . 

1902.  iii.       Abigail,  b. . 

774.  Oliver  Whitney  (David,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  bap.  Natick, 
June  9,  1745;  m.  at  Natick,  Mass.,  Hannah  Chase;  d.,  ae.  85,  in  Cavendish,  Vt. 

Oliver  Whitney  was  born  in  Natick,  Mass.,  where  he  resided  with  his  parents. 
His  father  died  when  he  was  14  years  of  age,  in  1759;  three  years  later,  in  1762, 
Josiah  Newell  was  appointed  his  guardian  by  the  Suffolk  County  Probate  Court.  He 
was  baptized  in  Natick  by  Rev.  Oliver  Peabody.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he 
took  part,  enlisting  in  one  of  the  Natick  companies.  He  d.  in  1815;  res.  Nelson^ 
N.  H.,  and  Cavendish,  Vt. 

1903.  i.  Polly,  b.  Mar.  3,  1781,  Nelson,  N.  H.;  m.  Jan.  8,  1804,  in  Still- 

water, N.  Y.,  George  Buck.  He  d.  Sept.  10,  1837;  was  a  mill- 
wright by  trade.  She  d.  Sept.  16,  1863;  res.  Malta,  N.  Y.  Ch.: 
Elmira,  b.  Sept.  26,  1820;  m.  Jan.  1,  1856,  James  Hawkins;  res. 
Ballston  Spa,  N.  Y. 

1904.  ii.         Betsey,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

1905.  iii.        Hannah,  b. ;  m.  David  Saunders;   had  one  dau.;  gr.-son 

Henry  in  Cav. 

1906.  iv.        Prudence,  b.  Jan.  11,  1793;  m.  July  20,  1820,  Charles  Witherell. 

He  was  b.  Mar.  10,  1792;  d.  Dec.  11,  1873;  was  a  farmer  and 
Seventh  Day  Adventist.  Ch.:  Charles  C,  b.  May  20, 1822;  m.  July 
14,  1853;  d.  Dec.  23,  1865;  Maria  L.,  b.  Oct.  28,  1823;  m.  S.  W. 
Jenkins  Aug.  26,  1851;  d.  Mar.  15,  1880;  S.  Eveline,  b.  Aug.  5,. 
1827;  m.  W.  I.  Gibson,  Apr.  3,  1856;  res.  Iroquois,  So.  Dak. 

1907.  V.         Sally,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

1908.  vi.        Olive,  b. ;  m. Fletcher.     Her  dau.  is  Mrs.  Mary  B. 

Osborn;  res.  Weston,  Vt. 


1909.  vii.  John,  b.  Jan.  21,  1784;  m.  Mary  Spaulding. 

1910.  viii.  Mehitable,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

1911.  ix.  James,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

1912.  X.  Oliver,  b. ;  m.  and  d.  s.  p.;  had  a  son  Charles,  who  d.  early. 

1913.  xi.  Lucy,  b. ;  d.  young. 

776.  Ephraim  Whitney  (David,  Nathaniel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  bap. 
Natick,  Mass.,  May  29,  1747;  m.  there  June  11,  1771,  Sarah  Wood. 

He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war;  was  a  minute-man  in  Mann's  company, 
of  Col.  Ballard  regiment,  at  the  Bunker  Hill  "alarm."  Later  he  was  in  Capt. 
Morse's  company,  and  still  later  in  Capt.  Gardner's  company,  of  Col.  Brook's  regi- 
ment at  White  Plains,  and  the  campaign  in  New  York.  He  d.  June  26,  1832;  res. 
Natick   Mass. 

1914.  i.  George,  b.  Feb.  22, 1772;  m.  Miriam  Hunt. 

1915.  ii.  David,  b.  Sept.  13,  1776;  d.  in  Scottsville,  N.  Y.,  in  1854.    His 

descendants  reside  in  Painesville,  Ohio. 

1916.  iii.        Mehitable,  b.  Aug.  22,  1773;  m.  John   Hunting;  res.  Haver- 

straw,  N.  Y. 

1917.  iv,        Sarah,  b.  Dec.  24,  1783. 

1918.  V.  Bela,  b. ;  d.  Dec.  14,  1794. 

781.  William  Whitney  (William,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  10, 
1736,  in  Weston;  m.  June  14,  1762,  Mary  Mansfield,  of  Weston;  d.  Dec.  17,  1815. 

William  Whitney  settled  in  Winchendon  about  1774,  going  to  that  place  from 
Weston,  Mass.  He  early  took  a  prominent  place  in  the  affairs  of  the  new  town,  and 
during  the  Revolutionary  war  was  chosen  by  his  fellow  citizens  one  of  a  committee 
to  hire  men  for  the  army.  In  1781  he  was  chosen  a  committee  to  carry  out  the 
resolves  of  the  General  Court,  respecting  cattle.  His  farm  was  well  stocked  with 
horses  and  cattle,  and  according  to  the  history  of  Winchendon,  he  was  the  best  judge 
of  cattle  in  the  town.  He  was  a  great  government  man,  and  during  the  excitement 
preliminary  to  the  Shays  rebellion,  when  the  feeling  ran  high,  did  all  he  could  to 
assist  the  local  authorities.  It  is  stated,  when  the  town  drummer  began  his  rounds  to 
hunt  up  soldiers  for  volunteers,  it  was  to  both  sides  a  moment  of  painful  suspense; 
all  voices  were  hushed,  but  the  resolution  of  William  Whitney  soon  changed  the 
scene.  Addressing  his  son,  Phin,  who  was  afterward  Capt.  Phinehas,  he  said  aloud, 
"Turn  out,  Phin!"  Immediately  Phin  stepped  from  the  ranks  and  followed  the 
drummer.  It  was  a  bold  example,  but  it  had  its  influence,  for  one  after  another 
stepped  out  until  the  required  number  of  men  were  raised.  In  1786  he  was  chosen 
on  the  committee  of  twelve  to  attend  to  the  erection  of  school  houses.  In  1791  he 
was  selected  one  of  the  committee  to  decide  on  the  site  for  the  new  meeting  house. 
He  d.  July  10,  1817;  res.  Winchendon,  Mass. 

1919.  i.         William,  b.  in  1765;  m.  Anna  Heywood. 

1920.  ii.        Phinehas,  d.  Apr.  1,  1766;  m.  Phebe  Stearns  and  Bethiah  Barrett. 

1921.  iii.        Mary,  b.  Apr.  10,  1773;  m.  Oct.  7,  1799,  Benjamin  Heywood,  b. 

July  10,  1773;  d.  Feb.  14,  1849.  She  d.  Oct.l,  1862;  farmer;  res. 
Gardner.  Benjamin  inherited  his  father's  farm.  He  was  for 
many  years  the  town  treasurer  and  was  highly  respected  and 
influential  in  town  affairs.  His  children  were  Levi,  Benjamin 
F.,  Walter,  William,  Seth  and  Charles.  He  died  in  1849,  in  his 
77th  year.  Of  his  children,  Charles  died  at  the  age  of  six  years; 
Benjamin  F.  died  in  1844,  having  been  engaged  successfully 
since  his  majority  as  a  trader,  and  a  part  of  the  time,  as  a  manu- 
facturer of  chairs;  William  died  in  1873,  in  Boston,  where  he 
had  resided  since  1830,  and  had  been  engaged  in  business  there 
and  in  Charlestown,  with  success  till  1855,  in  which  year  he 
retired  from  business.  Ch.:  Levi,  b.  Dec.  10,  1800;  m.  Martha 
W.  Wright  and  d.  July  21,  1882.  Levi  Heywood  was  born  in 
^  Gardner,  Dec.  10,  1800.     His  early  advantages  for  education 

were  only  those  usually  enjoyed  by  the  children  and  youth  at 
that  time  in  rural  towns,  with  the  addition  of  two  terms  at  the 
academy  in  New  Salem,  Mass.  The  diligent  improvement  of 
these  opportunities  fitted  him  for  the  vocation  of  a  school 
teacher,  in  which  he  was  engaged  in  his  native  town  and  in  the 
adjoining  town  of  Winchendon  during  the  winters  1820-21-22. 
In  the  spring  of  the  latter  year  he  went  to  Rochester,  N.  Y., 


and  was  employed  there  about  a  year  in  stone  work  by  contract. 
Returning  in  1823  to  Gardner,  he  entered  into  partnership  with 
his  brother  Benjamin,  in  the  very  miscellaneous  business  of  a 
country  store.    This  relation  he  continued  till  the  year  1829.    In 
1826  he  commenced  in  Gardner,  the  manufacture  of  wood-seated 
chairs.     In  1831  he  went  to  Boston  and  opened  a  store  for  the 
sale  of  chairs,  in  which'business  he  continued  till  1886.    He  also, 
in  connection  with  William  R.  Carnes  and  his  brother  William, 
under  the  firm  style  of  Heywood  &  Carnes,  started  a  mill  for 
sawing  veneers  from  mahogany,  etc.,  in  Charlestown.   This  mill 
was  burned  in  1835.     He  then  returned  to  Gardner  and  entered 
into  partnership  with  his  brother  Walter,  who,  with  others,  had 
been  for  some  years  engaged  in  the  manufacture  of  chairs,  on 
part  of  the  premises  now  occupied  by  Heywood  Bros.  &  Co. 
The  veneer  mill  in  Charlestown  was  rebuilt  and  Mr.  Levi  Hey- 
wood retained  his  interest  in  it  until  1849.     The  business  of  the 
new  firm  in  Gardner  was  conducted  with  success,  the  manufac- 
ture being  mainly  by  hand,  the  only  machinery  being  the  ordi- 
nary turning  lathe  and  circular  saws,  which  were  operated  by 
water  power  obtained  from  the  pond  now  known   as   Crystal 
Lake.     In  1841  it  occurred  to  Levi  Heywood   that  machinery 
specially   adapted    to    the  various   processes   of   manufacture 
might  be  introduced  to  advantage.     His  brother,  of  a  more  con- 
servative disposition,  hesitated  to  leave  the  well  worn  paths  in 
which  they  were  achieving  reasonable  success.     This  difference 
of  opinion  led  to  a  dissolution  of  partnership,  Levi  purchasing 
his  brother's  interest.     He  at  once  gave  his  thoughts  and  labor 
to  the  devising  and  construction  of  special  machinery,  as  well 
as  to  the  introduction  of  different  kinds  of  wood-working  ma- 
chinery, which  were  already  in  use  for  other  purposes,  and  were 
also  adapted  to  his  purpose.     In  the  successful  carrying  out  of 
this  idea,  he  inaugurated  a  new  era  in  the  chair  manufacture, 
and   herein    manifested    much    enterprise,    together   with    the 
fertility  of  resource,    mechanical   skill  and  inventiveness,  and 
the  purpose  to  introduce  constantly  new  and  valuable  features, 
both  in  methods  of  manufacture  and  in  style  of  product,  which 
have  always  characterized  him  and  have  been  large  elements  of 
his  success.    As  an  instance  of  his  originality  in  the  matter  of 
mechanical  devices,  it  may  be  said  that  as  early  as  1835  he  con- 
ceived the  idea  of  the  new  band  saw,  now  universally  adopted 
as  one  of  the  most  valuable  tools  in  wood-work.     The  idea  was 
original  with  him,  though  not  really  novel,  for  as  early  as  1808, 
Wm.  Newberry,  of  London,  Eng.,  had  conceived  the  same  idea 
and  made  a  crude  model  of  a  band  sawing  machine  but  did 
nothing  more  with  it.    So  thoroughly  were  its  advantages  antici- 
pated by  Mr.  Heywood.  that  he  consulted  with  B.  D.  Whitney, 
of  Winchendon,  and  with  Charles  Griffiths,  of  Welch  &  Griffiths, 
of  Boston,  as  to  the  feasibility  of  constructing  a  machine  of  the 
kind.     Both    of    these   gentlemen,    experts    in    such    matters, 
agreed  that  with  the  quality  of  saw  blades  then  made,  or  any 
known  methods  of  uniting  them  so  as  to  make  an  endless  band, 
the  idea   could   not    be    successfully  carried   out.     As    is  well 
known,   M.  Purin,  of  Paris,  France,  has  since  that  time  accom- 
plished what  Mr.  Heywood  so  many  years  before  conceived  to 
be  both  desirable  and  feasible.     In  1844,  on  the  first  day  of  July, 
he  received  into  partnership  Gen.  Moses  Wood,  then  of   Provi- 
dence, and  afterward  president  of  the  Rollstone  Bank  of  Fitch- 
burg,  and  his  brother  Seth,  the  style  of  the  firm  being  Heywood 
&  Wood.     This  partnership  continued  till  July  1,1849.     At  that 
date  Gen.  Wood  retired  from  the  firm  and  Messrs.  Calvin  Hey- 
wood and  Henry  C.   Hill  were  admitted,  the  style  of  the  firm 
being  changed  to  L.  Heywood  &  Co.    Mr.  Heywood,  in  addition 
to  his  business  relations  as  the  head  of  the  firm  of  Heywood 
Bros.  &  Co.,  has  since  1847  been  a  partner  with  Hon.  W.  B. 
Washburn,  of  Greenfield,  Mass  ,  in  the  manufacture  of  chairs 


and  wooden  ware  at  Erving,  Mass.,  the  style  of  the  firm  being 
Washburn  &  Heywood.  They  are  also  largely  engaged  in  the 
manufacture  and  sale  of  lumber,  owning  about  3,000  acres  of 
woodland  in  Erving,  Northfield  and  New  Salem.  At  this  point 
it  is  proper  to  refer  to  the  inventions  of  Mr.  Heywood,  which 
have  been  mostly  to  meet  the  demands  of  his  own  business, 
and  have  largely  contributed  to  its  success.  Among  them  may 
be  named  one  for  a  wood  chair  seat,  one  for  tilting-chair,  three 
for  machines  for  splitting,  shaving  and  otherwise  manipulating 
rattan,  and  four  for  machinery  for  bending  wood.  He  has  also 
invented  a  very  valuable  process  (not  immediately  connected 
with  his  own  business,  but  of  -value  to  it,  as  utilizing  in  a  new 
direction  the  pith  of  the  rattan  after  stripping  the  enamel  from 
it)  for  injecting  rattan  with  india  rubber  or  other  suitable 
material,  thus  making  an  excellent  substitute  for  whalebone. 
Of  the  merits  of  his  wood-bending  process,  it  maybe  proper  to 
introduce  the  testimony  of  M.  Fr.  Thonet,  of  Vienna,  Austria, 
the  head  of  the  largest  chair  manufacturing  firm  in  the  world, 
employing  some  5,000  operative.  After  visiting  the  factories  of 
Messrs.  Heywood  he  wrote:  "  I  must  tell  you  candidly  that  you 
have  got  the  best  machinery  for  bending  wood  that  I  ever 
saw,  and  I  will  say  that  I  have  seen  and  experimented  a  great 
deal  in  the  bending  of  wood."  The  Heywood  patents  have  been 
combined  with  those  of  John  C.  Morris,  of  Cincinnati,  on  which 
the  patents  of  Blanchard  have,  after  protracted  litigation,  been 
decided  to  be  infringements.  The  combined  patents,  owned  by 
Morris  &  Heywood  Wood-bending  Co.,  it  is  believed,  cover  the 
really  effective  methods  for  bending  wood.  Mr.  Heywood,  in 
addition  to  his  large  personal  business,  he  having  retained  to 
his  present  time,  though  now  in  his  78th  year,  the  supervision 
in  all  its  details  of  the  mechanical  department  of  the  business, 
including  the  adaptation  and  construction  of  new  machinery 
and  devices  for  greater  economy  and  perfection  of  manufac- 
ture, has  been  very  active  in  public  enterprises.  He  repre- 
sented the  town  in  the  convention  for  revising  the  constitution 
of  the  state  in  the  year  1863,  and  in  the  lower  branch  of  the 
Legislature  in  1871.  He  has  been  a  director  in  the  Gardner 
National  Bank  and  a  trustee  of  the  Gardner  Savings  Bank 
from  the  organization  of  those  institutions.  Mr.  Heywood  is 
not  personally  identified,  by  membership,  with  any  church.  A 
regular  attendant,  however,  of  the  Congregational  Church  in 
Gardner,  he  is  a  liberal  contributor  to  its  current  expenses, 
and  responds  cheerfully  and  liberally  to  the  calls  of  benevo- 
lence. He  is  also  largely  interested  in  educational  matters, 
and  personally  in  the  schools  and  has  made  liberal  donations 
of  land  and  otherwise,  to  the  town  in  this  direction.  Respected 
in  the  highest  degree  for  personal  integrity  and  excellence  of 
his  character  in  all  the  relations  of  life,  his  example  is  for  good 
to  the  large  number  of  his  employes  and  to  the  community  by 
which  he  has  been  long  looked  up  to  as  its  wealthiest  and 
most  influential  citizen;  Benjamin  F.,  b.  Jan.  10,  1802;  m.  Sarah 
Comee,  and  d.  Apr.  2,  1843;  Walter,  b.  Feb.  13,  1804;  m.  Nancy 
Foster,  and  d.  Aug.  1,  1880.  Walter  Heywood,  founder  of  the 
Walter  Heywood  Chair  Com.pany,  of  Fitchburg,  and  its  presi- 
dent from  the  first,  died  in  Fitchburg,  Aug.  1,  1880.  Mr.  Hey- 
wood was  born  at  Gardner,  Feb.  13,  1804.  He  was  a  lineal 
descendant  of  one  of  the  Pilgrim  families  who  came  over  in 
the  Mayflower.  His  grandfather,  Seth  Heywood,  went  from 
Sterling  to  Gardner  about  1773,  and  was  one  of  the  first  settlers 
of  the  town.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  an  officer 
in  the  continental  army  at  Cambridge  for  nine  months.  He 
was  a  man  of  superior  mind,  his  range  of  reading  was  very  wide, 
and  his  memory  was  remarkably  refentive.  Mr.  Heywood  was 
the  son  of  Benjamin  and  Mary  (Whitney)  Heywood,  and  was 
the  third  of  a  family  of  six  sons.     He  attended  the  schools  of 


his  native  town,  and  worked  on  his  father's  farm  till  nearly  20 
years  of  age.  In  1824  he  began  work  as  an  apprentice  in  James 
M.  Comee's  chair  shop  jn  Fitchburg,  but  the  same  year  he 
began  business  for  himself,  driving  to  Boston  as  often  as  he 
had  a  horse  load  finished,  and  selling  them.  The  Fitchburg 
Sentitiel  says  of  Mr.  Hey  wood,  and  the  growth  of  the  chair 
business  in  Fitchburg: 

In  1827  his  brother  William  commenced  working  with  him 
and  they  employed  from  15  to  20  hands.     In  1880  he  formed  a 
partnership  with  three  others,  his  brother,  Benjamin  F.,  who  had 
been  a  merchant  in  Gardner,  Moses  Wood,  afterward  president 
of  the  Rollstone  Bank,  and  James  W.  Gates.     The  firm  carried 
on  the  chair  business,  and  opened  a  store  in  Gardner  for  the 
sale  of  groceries  and  dry  goods.     They  also  estabHshed  a  store 
in  Boston  for  the  sale  of  chairs.     The  business  was  successfully 
conducted  in  its  various  branches  till  about  1835,  when  the  part- 
nership was  dissolved,  Messrs.  Wood  and   Gates  retiring  from 
the  firm,  and  Mr.  Heywood  severed  his  relation  with  the  store 
at  Boston.    A  new  company  was  formed,  consistmg  of   Levi, 
Benjamin  F.,  Walter  and  William  Heywood  and  W.  R.  Carnes. 
A  large  shop  was  erected  on  land  now  occupied  by  the  facto- 
ries of  Heywood  Brothers  &  Co.,  and  the  company  entered  into 
the  manufacture  of  chairs  on  an  extensive  scale.     In  1841  Wal- 
ter Heywood  sold  his  interest  in  the  business  and  removed  to 
Fitchburg.     In  company  with  Leander  P.  Comee  he,  in    1842, 
built  the  block  on  Main  street  more  recently  known  as  Sprague 
&  Comee's  block,  and  in  1842  the  firm  opened  a  store  for  the 
sale  of  dry  goods,  groceries,  hardware  and  other  merchandise 
at  the  salesrooms  now  occupied  by  L.  Sprague  &  Co.     In  the 
fall   of  1844  the  firm  hired  a  part  of  the  "Old   Red   Mill  "  on 
West  street,  since  used  as  a  cotton  factory  by   H.  W.  Pitts  & 
Son,  and  commenced  to  manufacture  chairs,  employing  about 
ten  hands.     In    1846  the   chair  business   was   removed   to  the 
upper  story  of  a  new  building  which  Alvah  Crocker  had  erected 
on   Water  street,  on  the  spot   now  occupied  by  the  Fitchburg 
Steam  Engine  Company's  shop.     This  shop  was  burned  Dec.  7, 
1849,  and  the  firm  lost  heavily  by  the  fire.     The  partnership  was 
then  dissolved,  and   Mr.  Heywood  directed  his  whole  attention 
to  the  manufacture  of  chairs.     Mr.  Crocker  erected  a  new  build- 
ing, 130x40  feet  and  three  stories  high,  on  the  site  of  the  burned 
shop,  and  Mr.  Heywood  hired   the  whole  of  the  new  building. 
In  1852  he  received  as  partners  Alton  Blodgett,  who  had  entered 
his  employ  in  1833,  and  who  continued  a  member  of  the  com- 
pany  until   his   death,   Sept.   19,   1878;  Lovell  Williams,  still  a 
member  of  the  company,  and  George  E.  Towne,  who  continued 
with  the  company  till  1874,  when  he  disposed  of    his  interest  to 
H.  A.  Blood.     G.  H.  Spencer,  the  present  superintendent  of  the 
works,  was  admitted   to  the  firm  in  1864.     Soon  after  the  new 
company  was  formed  they  erected  two  large  buildings  in  the 
rear  of  the  shop,  on  land  leased  of  Mr.  Crocker,  and  with  in- 
creased facilities  they  greatly  enlarged  their  business.     In  1856 
the  firm  opened  a  foreign  trade,  which  eventually  extended  to 
England  and  the  continent  of  Europe,  the  West   Indies,  South 
America,   Australia,    New   Zealand,   Africa,  China  and  Japan, 
The  Walter  Heywood  Chair  Company  was  organized  as  a  stock 
company  under  a  special  act  of  the  legislature.  May  31,  1869, 
with  a  capital  of  1240,000.     On  the  night  of  July  21,  1870,  the 
most  destructive  conflagration  that  ever  visited  Fitchburg  laid 
the  entire  establishment  in  ruins.     F  ortunately  the  loss  on  the 
chair  company's  property  was  fully  covered  by  insurance,  and 
preparations  were  made  shortly  after  the  fire   to   rebuild  the 
works  on  a  scale  unprecedent^ed  in  this  branch  of  manufactures. 
The  location  of  this  important  industry  excited  much  interest. 
A  lot  of  nine  acres  on  River  street  was  at  length  purchased,  and 
the  present  commodious  buildings  were  erected.    At  present 


the  company  employs  300  hands  besides  seaters,  and  a  capital 
to  the  amount  of  between  $600,000  and  $700,000  is  required. 
The  company  has  mills  for  preparing  stock  at  Barton,  V^t.,  and 
has  stores  at  New  York  and  Boston  for  the  sale  of  their  products. 
As  the  result  of  close  application  to  business  Mr.  Heywood 
accumulated  a  handsome  property.  He  made  large  invest- 
ments in  the  manufacturing  interests  of  the  city,  and  his  counsel 
was  sought  in  the  management  of  concerns  in  which  he  was 
interested.  He  was  formerly  one  of  the  largest  stockholders  in 
the  Putnam  Machine  Company,  and  has  been  a  director  since 
1867.  In  1866  he  purchased  an  interest  in  the  Fitchburg  Iron 
Foundry,  and  at  his  death  was  senior  member  of  the  firm  Hey- 
wood, Wilson  &  Co.  He  has  been  a  director  of  the  Fitchburg 
Machine  Company  since  1870,  and  was  a  partner  in  the  Fitch- 
burg Machine  Works  since  the  company  was  organized  in  1877. 
He  was  a  director  of  the  Burleigh  Rock  Drill  Company  since 
its  organization  in  1867,  a  director  of  the  Fitchburg  State  or 
National  Bank  for  37  years,  a  trustee  of  the  Fitchburg 
Savings  Bank  from  its  organization,  May  12,  1846,  till  June  21, 
1877.  He  was  also  town  treasurer  of  Gardner  from  1834  till  his 
removal  to  Fitchburg  in  1841.  He  retained  his  vigor  to  a 
remarkable  degree,  and  his  mind  was  clear  and  active  till  a  few 
days  previous  to  his  death.  His  success  in  business  was  the 
growth  of  patient  years  of  toil  rather  than  any  series  of  brilliant 
exploits.  He  was  no  adventurer  in  doubtful  projects,  but  his 
energies  and  his  counsels  were  always  in  the  line  of  discretion 
and  prudence.  If  ever  his  judgment  was  waived  in  business 
matters,  it  was  generally  observed  in  the  end  that  his  views  were 
sound  and  reliable,  and  would  have  yielded  the  largest  measure 
of  success.  He  was  plain  and  unostentatious,  solving  his  prob- 
lems by  a  careful  process  of  reasoning,  rather  than  by  jumping 
at  conclusions.  He  was  conservative,  persevering,  yet  ener- 
getic, and  thorough  in  everything  he  undertook.  From  the  one- 
horse  load  of  chairs  which  he  made  in  1824  his  business  grew 
until  he  was  president  of  the  largest  chair  manufacturing 
establishment  in  the  world.  He  established  a  reputation  for 
integrity  which  was  world  wide  and  commanded  the  confidence 
of  the  leading  houses  in  his  line  of  business  in  all  quarters  of 
the  globe.  The  Heywood  chairs  are  as  familiarly  known  in 
Africa,  Australia  and  South  America  as  in  Boston,  New  York 
or  San  Francisco.  Mr.  Heywood  was  fortunate  in  calling 
around  him  a  class  of  men  who  rendered  great  assistance  in  the 
management  of  the  extensive  business.  His  associates,  with 
few  exceptions,  grew  up  with  the  business  under  his  training. 
He  leaves  a  widow,  also  two  daughters,  Mrs.  William  O.  Brown 
and  Mrs.  D.  A.  Corey.  His  first  wife,  whom  he  married  in  1828, 
died  Aug.  1,  1861,  just  19  years  previous  to  his  decease.  Will- 
iam, b.  Nov.  9,  1808;  m.  Frances  Shuttleworth;  d.  Jan.  10,  1874; 
Seth,  b.  Nov.  12,  1812;  m.  Feb.  11,  1836,  Emily  Wright;  res. 
Gardner;  Charles,  b.  Mar.  10,  1818;  d.  Sept.  10,  1824. 

1922.  iv.       Joseph,  b.  May  20,  1775;  m.  Hannah  Perley. 

1923.  V.         Amasa,  b.  June  16,  1777;  m.  Mary  Goodridge. 

1924.  vi.        Sarah,  b.  Sept.  3,  1779;  m.  Jan.  12,  1802,  Smyrna  Bancroft;  b. 

May  15,   1776;  d.  May  5,  1818.      She   d.  ;  res.  Gardner. 

Ch.:  Harvey  M..b.  May  1,1803;  m.  Betsey  C. Glazier;  Smyrna  W., 
b.  Dec.  13,  1804;  m.  Lucy  Jackson;  deacon  and  prominent  citi- 
zen; res.  Gardner;  Mary  E.,  b.  Nov.  5,  1807;  Sally  W.,  b.  Apr. 
13,  1810;  Amasa,  b.  Mar.  16,  1812;  m.  Caroline  A.  Shunway; 
pres.  Gardner  Bank;  Viola,  b.  Aug.  26,  1815. 

1925.  vii.      Luke,  b.  May  21,  1783;  m.  Cynthia  Partridge. 

783.  Rev.  Phinehas  Whitney  (WMlliam,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b. 
Weston,  Apr.  23,  1740;  m.  Apr.  28,  1762;  Miriam  Willard,  b.  1740;  d.  May  20,  1769; 
m.  2d,  Mar.  3,  1770,  Lydia  Bowes,  a  cousin  of  John  Hancock;  d.  Oct.  11,  1805;  m.  3d, 
Mrs.  Jane  Garfielc},  d.  Mar.  4,  1824. 


It  was  some  eight  years  after  the  meeting  house  in  Shirley  had  been  prepared 
for  use  before  a  ministry  had  been  established,  the  pulpit,  meantime,  being  supplied 
by  transient  preachers  and  regular  candidates.  On  Feb.  25,  1762,  Mr.  Phinehas 
Whitney  received  an  unanimous  call  to  settle,  on  the  following  terms:  First,  he  was 
to  receive  ;^133  6s  8d  as  a  settlement,  one-half  to  be  paid  in  three  months  and  the 
rest  within  a  year.  Second,  he  was  to  receive  £h'6  13s  4d  as  a  salary,  to  be  raised  to 
j^60  when  the  town  should  have  seventy-five  families.  Third,  he  was  annually  to 
receive  twenty  cords  of  wood,  to  be  cut  and  brought  to  his  door.  These  preliminaries 
being  adjusted,  Mr.  Whitney  was  ordained  June  23,  1762.  The  ministry  of  Mr.  Whit- 
ney, which  lasted  for  more  than  half  a  century,  was  one  of  general  peace  and  pros- 
perity. He  had  the  confidence  of  his  people,  and  between  him  and  them  a  good  de- 
gree of  harmony  was  maintained.  He  was  also  favorably  considered  abroad,  was 
frequently  invited  to  sit  in  ecclesiastical  councils,  to  assist  in  the  settlement  of  clergy- 
men, and  was  noted  for  his  decisions  and  firmness.  In  the  trying  period  of  the 
American  Revolution,  when  the  people  of  the  town  found  themselves  unable  to  pay 
his  full  salary,  he  bore  the  deprivations  with  calm  resignation,  and  even  contributed 
of  his  private  resources  toward  the  expense  of  the  war  what  would  have  been  an 
equitable  tax  on  his  property  had  that  property  been  legally  taxed.  Mr.  Whitney 
was  a  classmate  and  particular  friend  of  Rev.  Zabdiel  Adams,  of  Lunenburg,  and 
preached  the  funeral  sermon  at  tht.-  burial  of  that  distinguished  divine.  In  his  doc- 
trinal views  Mr.  Whitney  assented  to  many  of  the  tenets  that  were  imported  in  the 
Mayflower,  yet  maintained  a  becoming  liberality  toward  fellow-Christians  of  other 
names.  He  seemed  rooted  and  grounded  in  the  noble  principles  of  Armenian  Con- 
gregationalism, and  believed  that  on  these  principles  the  church  militant  could  be 
most  surely  established.  He  was  graduated  from  Harvard  in  1759,  and  died  in  1819, 
after  having  entered  the  fifty-seventh  year  of  his  ministry.  For  several  of  the  later 
years  of  his  life  he  was  deprived,  by  paralysis,  of  ability  to  perform  his  pulpit  labors, 
and  had  the  assistance  of  a  colleague  from  1815  until  within  a  few  months  of  his  death. 

Mrs.  Whitney's  father,  Lieut.  Moses  Willard,  was  born  in  Lancaster  about  1702. 
He  resided  in  Groton  on  a  farm  near  the  Nonaicocius  purchase  and  bounding  in  part 
on  the  brook.  He  purchased  in  Groton  in  1723,  and  dwelt  in  that  town  until  1732. 
About  1733  he  removed  to  Lunenburg  and  there  joinedCaptain,  afterward  Col.,  Josiah 
Willard  in  obtaining  from  the  Province  of  Massachusetts  the  grant  of  the  town  of 
Winchester  and  became  one  of  the  grantees.  A  new  charter  was  obtained  from  the 
Province  of  New  Hampshire  in  1753,  it  having  been  ascertained  to  be  within  the 
limits  of  the  latter  province.  Much  of  his  time  seems  to  have  been  passed  in  the 
new  township  and  in  guarding  the  frontier  at  Fort  Dummer  and  Ashuelot.  He  was 
an  earlv  inhabitant  of  Charlestown  No.  4,  a  frontier  town  particularly  exposed  to 
attack  from  the  French  and  Indians.  And  it  so  happened  in  the  old  French  war, 
that,  on  the  18th  of  June,  1756,  when  Lieut.  Moses  Willard  with  his  son  of  the  same 
name,  was  at  work  upon  his  farm,  within  sight  of  the  fort,  the  Indians  made  a  sudden 
attack  upon  them.  -.The  father  fell  mortally  wounded.  The  Indians  pursued  the  son 
and  wounded  him  with  a  spear;  but  he  succeeded  in  making  his  escape,  carrying  the 
spear  with  him  into  the  fort.  Lieut.  Moses  had  two  children  and  the  sufferings  of 
the  family  did  not  begin  with  the  death  of  the  father  or  the  wound  of  the  son.  In 
Aug.,  1754,  on  a  previous  attack  the  daughter  Susannah,  wife  of  James  Johnson  and 
her  sister  Miriam,  a  young  girl  of  fourteen,  afterward  the  wife  of  Rev.  Phinehas 
Whitney,  of  Shirley,  were  with  several  others  taken  captive  and  carried  through  the 
wilderness  to  Canada.  Mr.  Johnson  published  a  narration  of  her  captivity,  which 
contains  many  interesting  recitals.  Moses  Willard  was  the  son  of  Simon  and  Mary 
(W^hitcomb)  Willard,  and  this  Simon  was  a  son  of  Henry  and  Mary  (Lakin)  Willard, 
and  this  Henry  was  the  fourth  son  of  Major  Simon.  He  d.  Dec.  13,  1819;  res.  Shir- 
ley, Mass. 

1926.  i.  Thomas,  b.  Mar.  19,  1771;  m.  Henrietta  Parker. 

1927.  ii.         Nicholas  B.,  b.  Mar.  21,  1772;  m.  Ann  Adams. 

1928.  iii.        Lydia,  b.  Sept.  8,  1773;  m.  Jan.  8,  1804,  John  Watson.  She  d.  Feb. 

7,  1853,  leaving  6  ch. 

1929.  iv.        Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  8,  1775;  m.  May  1,  1808,  Dr.  Amos  Parker  of 

Bolton,  Mass.;  had  3  ch. 

1930.  v.         William,  b.  Oct  3,  1778;  m.  Elizabeth  Fiske  and  Martha  Sym- 


1931.  vi.        Rebecca  Cook,  b.  Sept.  2,  1781;  m.  May  16,  1801,  William  B. 

Merriam;  had  4  ch.  Mrs.  Deacon  Merriam  d.  in  Essex  Village, 
N.  Y.  in  1874.  She  was  the  mother  of  Gen.  Wm.  S.  Merriam 
who  was  father  of  Col.  John  L.   Merriam   of  St.    Paul,   (he  d. 



there  Jan.  12,  1895;  obituary  in  St.  Paul  Sunday  Globe,  Jan.  13, 
1895),  who  was  the  father  of  ex-Governor  Wm.  R.  Merriam  of 
St.  Paul,  ex-Governor  of  Minnesota. 

1932.  vii.       Phineas  S.,  b.  July  6,  1785;  m.  Lucy  Cobb,  Julia  Robinson,  and 

Eliza  Collard      He  d.  May  8,  1855,  and  left  3  ch. 

1933.  viii.     Sarah,  b.  Dec.  19,  1787;  unm. 

1934.  ix.       Clarissa,  b.  Dec.  2,  1790;  m.  May  14,  1815,  Henry  Isaacs;  had  3 


1935.  X.         Charles,  b.  Jan.  2,  1794;  m.  Dolly  Davenport. 

793.  Samuel  Whitney  (Samuel,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Mass.,  Feb.  11,  1746;  m.  in  Westminster,  prob.  June  30,  1784,  Thankful 
Wilder.  He  d.  in  Westminster  where  he  always  resided,  and  she  moved  to  Oswego, 
N.  Y.,  and  resided  with  her  son  Moses.     He  d.  1812;  res.  Westminster,  Mass. 


Moses,  b.  May  19,  1789;  m.  Mary  Paige. 

Pliney,  b.  Nov.  13,  1787;  m.  Caroline  Dean. 

Smyrna,  b.  Mar.  5,  1786;  m.  Ruth  Whitney. 

Salome,  b.  Jan.  10,  1792;  m.  Samuel  Hale,  of  Fitchburg,  Mass., 
b.  Oct.  20,  1792.  He  was  a  farmer,  member  of  the  Calvanistic 
Congregational  church  and  afterward  of  the  Rollstone  Congre- 
gational church;  a  Republican.  He  d.  Feb.  1, 1880;  she  d.  June 
25,  1880.  Ch.:  John  Moses,  b.  Nov.  21, 1819;  res.  169  Cambridge 
street,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.;  Samuel  Whitney,  b.  Apr.  2, 1822;  m.and  d. 
Oct.  16,  1890.  Ex-Gov.  Samuel  Whitney  Hale  was  born  in  Fitch- 
burg, Mass.  His  grandfather.  Moses  Hale,  came  to  Fitchburg 
from  old  Newbury,  and  was  a  farmer  by  occupation.  Samuel  Hale 
was  also  a  farmer.  He  was  a  director  of  the  Citizens'  Bank  of 
Keene  and  of  the  Wachusett  Bank  in  Fitchburg,  Mass.  His 
benefactions  have  been  numerous  and  generous.  While  he  was 
very  reticent  concerning  such  matters,  it  is  well  known  that  he 
had  been  instrumental  in  educating  a  Congregational  clergy- 
man, a  missionary,  a  physician,  and  a  young  lady,  the  latter  at 
Holyoke  seminary,  in  addition  to  which  he  gave  at  one  time 
$12,000  toward  building  a  Congregational  church  in  Keene.  On 
the  12th  day  of  September,  after  a  most  exciting  and  hotly  con- 
tested canvass,  he  received  the  Republican  nomination  as  can- 
didate for  governor.  His  election  followed,  and  as  governor  he 
continued  until  1885.  Ch.:  Wm.  Samuel,  b.  Dublin,  N.  H.,  May 
IT,  1854.  Educated  at  Phillips  Academy,  Andover,  Mass.,  and 
for  a  time  studied  at  Yale  College,  but  did  not  graduate. 
Engaged  in  manufacturing  furniture  with  his  father  at  Keene, 
N.  H.;  m.  Oct.  10,  1883,  Emma  Wheeler  Frost,  b.  Apr.  18,  1856, 
2d  dau.  of  Hon.  Rufus  S.  Frost,  of  Chelsea,  Mass.;  res.  at  Keene, 
N.  H.;  engaged  in  manufacturing.  Ch.:  Margaret,  b.  Mav  11, 
1887,  at  Keene,  N.  H.;  Josephine,  b.  Oct.  21.  1889,  at  Keene,  N. 
H.;  Samuel  Whitney,  b.  Apr.  12,  1891,  at  Keene,  N.  H.;  Mary 
Louise  Hale,  b.  at  Dublin,  N.  H.,  Aug.  26,  1855.  Educated  at 
Abbot  Academy,  Andover,  Mass.  Lived  with  her  parents  in 
Keene,  N.  H.,  until  her  marriage,  Oct.  :-'0,  1884,  to  Rev.  Wm. 
DeLoss  Love,  Jr.  He  was  born  at  New  Haven,  Conn.,  Nov.  29, 
1851,  being  the  second  son  of  Rev.  Wm.  DeLoss  Love,  D.  D. 
He  was  educated  at  Milwaukee  Academy,  Milwaukee,  Wis.,  and 
graduated  from  Hamilton  College,  Clinton,  N.  Y.,  in  the  class  of 
1873.  After  teaching  two  years  at  Leicester  Academy,  Leices- 
ter, Mass..  and  the  Broadway  Grammar  School,  Norwich,  Conn., 
he  entered  Andover  Theological  Seminary,  Andover,  Mass.,  and 
graduated  in  the  class  of  1878.  He  married,  July,  1878,  Ada 
Minerva  Warren,  of  Leicester,  Mass.,  who  died  without  issue, 
May  31,  1881.  He  was  ordained  at  Lancaster,  Mass.,  Sept.  18, 
1878,  and  dismissed  from  that  pastorate  in  July,  1881.  After  a 
year  spent  in  travel,  he  served  lor  a  time  the  Second  Congrega- 
tional Church  in  Keene,  N.  H.;  engaged  in  mercantile  pursuits, 
and  was  the  private  secretary  of  Gov.  Hale  during  his  term  in 
office.  After  his  marriage  to  the  daughter  of  Gov.  Hale,  he 
resumed  the  practice  of  his  profession,  and  was  installed  as 

















pastor  of  the  Pearl  Street  Congregational  Church,  in  Hartford, 
Conn.,  May  6, 1885,  where  he  has  since  resided.  He  was  the  first 
chaplain  of  the  Conn.  Society  of  the  Sons  of  the  American  Revo- 
lution, of  which  he  was  one  of  the  original  members;  is  an  inter- 
ested member  of  the  Connecticut  Historical  Society  and  its  cor- 
responding secretary,  and  a  member  of  the  American  Antiqua- 
rian Society.  He  received  the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Philosophy 
from  Hamilton  College  in  1894,  and  the  same  year  was  appointed 
a  member  of  the  Board  of  Park  Commissioners  of  Hartford. 
Ch.:  Mary  Emelia,  b.  May  13,  1886,  d.  May  20,  1886;  Marie 
Hale,  b.  July  9,  1887,  d.  July  21,  1889;  Ethel  Hay,  b.  Mar.  26, 
1889;  Emma  Rilda,  b.  Feb.  9,  1891;  Wm.  DeLoss,  b.  Nov.  22, 
1892;  Henry  Augustus  Hale,  b.  May  13, 1825;  address,  304  Pearl 
street,  New  York  City;  Mary  Elizabeth  Hale,  b.  May  2,  1828; 
lived  with  her  parents  at  Fitchburg;  unm.;  d.  June  30,  1879. 

794.    Abner   Whitney   (Samuel.  William,  Nathaniel,   John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, May  18,  1748;  m.  May  14,  1770,  Elizabeth  Glazier,  of  Shrewsbury;  d.  Apr.  3, 
1778;  m.  2d  Apr    22,  1779,   Lavina  (Glazier)  Ward;  b.  May  9,  1752;  d.  July  23.  1838. 
He  d.  Sept.,  1811,  in  West.;  res.  Westminster  and  Ashburnham,  Mass. 
■  Oliver,  b.  Dec.  8,  1770;  d.  June  24, 1T94. 

John,  b.  July  28,  1772;  m.  Susanna  Smith. 

Levi,  b.  Jan.  1,  1777;  m.  Phebe  Warren. 

Jonas  W.,  b.  Apr.  22,  1780;  m.  Phebe  Rand. 

Joseph  G.,  b.  June  22,  1783;  m.  Lavina  Dunn. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  2,  1785;  m.  Lorey  Barnes. 

DoLLV,  b.  Oct.  26,  1791;  m.  Vinal  Dunn. 

Abel,  b.  May  14,  1793;  d.  unm.,  Apr.  28,  1852. 

796.  Capt.  Silas  Whitney  (Samuel,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Oct.  20, 
1752;  m.  Jan.  27,  1774,  Sarah  Withington,  b.  1753.  After  her  husband's  death,  in  1S20, 
she  was  the  wife  of Earle. 

Capt.  Silas  Whitney,  son  of  Samuel  and  Abigail  (Fletcher)  Whitney,  was  b.  in 
Westminster,  Oct.  20,  1752.  He  m.  Jan.  27,  1774,  Sarah  Withington,  b.  in  Stow,  1753, 
dau.  of  William  and  Sarah  (Lockej  Withington.  After  his  marriage  he  lived  four 
years  in  Westminster.  He  sold  his  farm  in  that  town  in  1778  and  purchased  a  large 
tract  of  land  in  the  southeast  part  of  Ashburnham.  Here  he  soon  became  the  lead- 
ing farmer  in  this  vicinity.  The  size  of  his  barns  and  granaries  and  the  number  of 
his  horses  and  cattle  are  the  living  theme  of  tradition.  He  was  a  captain  of  the 
militia  and  was  prominent  in  town  affairs.  In  the  midst  of  a  life  of  industry  and 
usefuness  he  d.  at  mid.  age,  Nov.  14,  1798.  Mr.  Gushing  records  his  death  with  the 
remark  that  "he  died  suddenly  after  a  few  days  of  complaining,  though  not  con- 
fined. He  was  sitting  in  a  chair  leaning  on  a  table  and  sunk  down,  and  almost  im- 
mediately expired."  The  widow  settled  the  estate  and  prudently  managed  the 
affairs  in  the  interest  of  her  children.  She  m.  2d,  1802,  Thomas  Earle,  of  Leicester, 
and  d.  in  that  town  Jan.  12,  1820.  There  were  four  sons  and  twenty-four  grandsons 
of  Capt.  Silas  and  Sarah  (Withington)  Whitney,  and  including  the  female  lines  the 
number  of  their  descendants  named  in  these  registers  is  above  two  hundred.  He  d. 
Nov.  14, 1798;  res.  Ashburnham,  Mass, 

1948.  i.  Susannah,  b.  Sept.  29,  1776;  m.  Apr.,  1797,  Josiah  Brown;  res.  in 

Stow;  a  granddaughter  is  Mrs.  Susie  A.  Dyer,  res.  824  Colum- 
bus street,  Ottawa,  111.  Ch.:  Silas,  b.  Dec.  12,  1797;  d.  unm., 
in  Stow  Mar.  4,  1856;  Josiah,  b.  Jan.  21,  1799;  Susan,  b.  July  2, 
1801;  Ohio,  b.  Apr.  29,  1808;  m.  "Sarah  Ellis;  Horatio,  b.  July  25, 
1805;  Nancy,  b,  Nov.  11,  1806;  Reuben,  b.  Mar.  17,  1808;  Sally, 
b.  Sept.  17,  1811;  Anna,  b.  May  7,  1815;  m.  Ephraim  Ray,  of 

1949.  ii.         Silas,  b.  Oct.  1,  1779;  m.  Hannah  Gushing. 

1950.  iii.        Sarah,  b.  July  1,  1781 ;  m.  Nov.  27,  1800,  Capt.   Caleb   Wilder,  b. 

Mar.  22,  1773;  d.  Jan.  29,  1834.  She  d.  June  14,  1820.  He  was 
Capt.  of  the  Ashburnham  Light  Infantry,  and  often  chosen  to 
office  in  town  affairs.  Ch.:  Samuel,  b.  Dec.  30,  1801;  d.  June  11, 
1817;  Sarah,  b.  May  7,  1803;  m.  Silas  Smith;  res.  Farmington, 
Iowa;  Nancy,  b.  Nov.  19,  1806;  m.  David  Laws;  Silas  W.,  b.  Dec. 
13,  1808;  d.  Oct.  31,  1812;  Caleb,  b.  Oct.  28,  1810;  d.  unm.;  Silas 


W.,  b.  July  26,  1814;  m.  Caroline  Bishop;  Abel  T.,  b.  Oct.  9, 
1816;  d.  Mar.  14,  1839;  Dorothy  C.b.June  16,  1819;  m.  Samuel 
Twombly;  res.  Iowa. 

1951.  iv.       Samuel, b.  May  20,  1783;  m.  Abigail  Wilder. 

1952.  V.         William,  b.  Aug.  5,  1785;  m.  Lucy  Brooks  and  Mercy  (Burgess) 

Bemis.   ' 

1953.  vi.        Ohio,  b.  Mar.  22,  1789;  m.  Mary  Bolton  and  Mrs.  Dorothy  (May- 

nard)  Brown. 

1954.  vii.      Abigail,  b.  May  15,  1791;  m.  Nov.  8,  1807.  Jesse  Ellis,  b.  June  19, 

1789;  d.  July  17,  1870.  She  d.  Jan.  24,  1869;  res.  Ashburnham, 
Mass.  Ch.:  Mary  W.,  b.  Mar.  19,  1809;  m.  Oliver  G.  Caldwell; 
Samuel,  b.  Apr.  1,  1811;  m.  Sarah  W.  Cushing;  Wm.  P.,  b.  June 
31,  1813;  m.  Annes  Green  Randall  and  Mrs.  Martha  (Swain) 
Wellington;  Obed,  b.  Mar.  13,  1815;  m.  Mercy  Stoddard;  Nancy, 
b.  Sept.  3,  1817;  m.  Bailey  Marble;  Sarah,  b.  Jan.  20,1822;  m. 
Ohio  Brown;  Lucy  C,  b.  Dec.  11,  1824;  m.  Noyes  B.  Herrick; 
Susan  B.,  b.  Apr.  23,  1829;  m.  Jonathan  A.  Perham;  Mary  J.,  b. 
Aug.  13,  1833;  m.Wm.  H.  Brown. 

1955.  viii,     Nancy,  b.  Nov.  19,  1794;  m.  Apr.  23, 1811,  Laban  Cushing;  b.  Apr. 

29,  1791;  d.  Oct.  17,  1847.  She  d.  Jan.  27,  1871;  res.  Ash.  Ch.: 
Nancy  W.,  b.  June  20,  1813,  m.  John  Munroe;  Sarah,  b.  May  18, 
1815;  m.  Samuel  Ellis;  Joseph,  b.  Oct.  6, 1817;  m.  Elmira  Marble, 
Mary  Ann  Arnold,  and  Betsey  Cushing;  res.  Fitchburg,  Mass.; 
Laban,  b.  Mar. 22, 1820;  m.  Adaline  Keyes;  res.  Fitchburg,  Mass.; 
Rebecca  A.,  b.  Sept.  12.  1822,  m.  Isaac  D.Ward;  Susan  A.,  b. 
Nov.  13,  1824;  m.  Jonas  Corev;  Mary  J.,  b.  Feb.  27,  1826;  m. 
Gardner  P.  Hawkins;  res.  F.;  Charles  G.,  b.  "Feb.  16,  1829;  m. 
Jane  E.  Willard;  Harriett  M.,  b.  Aug.  22,  1831;  m.  Porter  E. 
Barton;  Geo.  R.,  b.  Sept.  8,  1835:  m.  Julia  Thompson;  David 
M.,  b.  Oct.  11,  1839;  m.  Ellen  A.  Foster;  Hannah  E.,  b.  July  29, 
1841;  m.  Geo.  S.  Doe;  res.  Gt.  Falls,  N.  H. 

798.  Elisha  Whitney  (Samuel,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, July  2,  1757;  m.  in  1781,  Eunice  Seaver.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary 
army  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Sargent;  res.  Westminster  and  Win- 
chendon,  Mass. 

Orpha,  b.  Sept.  24, 1783. 

Joseph,  b.  Feb.  22,  1785. 

Norman  S.,  b.  Mav  22,  1791. 

Sarah,  b.  Nov.  26,  1787;  d.  May  11,  1789. 

Tryphena,  b.  Jan.  18,  1788. 

Tryphosa,  b.  Mar.  2,  1790. 

800.  Phinehas  Whitney  (Samuel,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Jan.  16,  1761;  m.  1788,  Elizabeth  Rand. 

He  settled  in  Westminster,  on  the  northerly  part  of  his  father's  estate,  in  the 
house  now  occupied  by  John  C.  Goodridge.  Mr.  Whitney  sold  the  place  to  Jacob 
Sawyer,  from  whom  it  passed  to  Joel  Whitney,  and  removed  to  Pittsford,  Vt.,  where 
both  he  and  his  wife  spent  the  remainder  of  their  days.  During  the  Revolutionary 
war  he  served  in  the  company  from  Westminster,  and  some  years  after  its  close 
moved  to  Rutland  Co.,  Vt.,  where  he  was  grafted  a  pension  Mar.  3,  1831,  in  his 
71st  year;  res.  Westminster,  Mass.,  and  Pittsford,  Vt. 
"  John,  b.  July  28, 1793. 

Thomas,  b.  Mar.  18,  1795. 

Lydia,  b.  Mar.  30,  1788. 

Betsey,  b.  Dec.  27,  1789. 

Nancy,  b.  Sept.  21,  1791. 

801.  Hananiah  Whitney  (Samuel,  William,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Dec.  18,  1762;  m.  Azabah  Keyes,  b.  June  5,  1767. 

He  was  a  resident  of  Westminster,  and  later  was  one  of  the  tithingmen  of 
Winchendon.     During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  served  in  one  of  the  Winchendon 
companies.     His  will  is  dated  Oct.  11,  1833,  and  probated  Apr.  7,  1835.     Capt.  Mart 
Whitcomb  was  exec.     He  d.  in  1835;  res.  Westminster  and  Winchendon,  Mass, 
1967.     i.         Moses,  b.  Nov.  28,  1789;  m.  Sophia  Cutler. 











































1968.     ii.        Hananiah,  b.   May  29,  1792;  m.  Mary  L.  Beals  and  Sarah  Bea- 

Alpheus  B.,  b.  Mar.  8, 1794. 
AzuBAH  B.,  b.  Aug.  25,  1796;  m.  Henry  Rand;   res.  Winchendon, 

Mass.,  and   Madison,  Wis.     They  had  one   son,  Henry.     The 

father  d.  at  M. 
Artemus  B.,  b.  .Sept.  5, 1798. 
Stacy  b  ^— — ^— 
BERiNA,'b.  Feb.  4,  1801. 
Esther  B.,  b.  June  13.  1803. 
Silas  Stacy,  b.  June  27, 1805;  m.  Mary  B.  Gate. 
Levi  P.,  b.  Aug.  19,  1807. 

Samuel  A.,  b.  Nov.  10, 1809;  m. . 

Abby  Fletcher,  b.  Dec.  27, 1812. 

804.  James  Whitney  (Samuel,  Samuel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Aug.  10, 
1753;  m.  at  Newtown.  Conn.,  Aug.  13,  1777,  Eunice  Johnson;  b.  Dec,  1756;  d.  Nov. 
17,  1822;  m.  2d  Mrs.  Rhoda  Peet.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  war;  was  a 
farmer  and  weaver.     He  d.  May  21,  1841;  res.  Newtown,  Conn. 

1979.  i.         Abraham  J.,  b.  Mar.  28,  1778;  m.  Philena  Adams. 

1980.  ii.        Hannah  Judson,  b.  Apr.  20,  1782;  m.  Major  Samuel  Chard;  was 

in  war  of  1812;  res.  Haverstraw,  N.  Y. 
Zerah,  b.  June  10,  1784;  m.  Jane  Demond. 
Ruth  Ann,  b.  Nov.  7,  1785. 

Jerusha,  b.  Apr.  14,  1787;  m.  Henry  Shenuck;  res.  Danby,  N.  Y. 
James  L.,  b.  May  29,  1789;  m.  Maria  Cass. 
Sarah,  b.  Aug.  23,  1790;  m.  1810,  Amason  Washburn;  b.  May  21, 

1789;  blacksmith   and   farmer.     She   d.  in    Huron,  O.,  Apr.  13, 

1859.     He  m.  again;  was  in  war  of  1812. 
viii.     Philo,  b.  Apr.  27, 1792;  m.  Jerusha  Wheeler  and  Aurelia  Wheeler, 

Ezra,  b.  Sept.  18,  1793;  m. . 

Eli,  h.  Feb.  25,  1795;  m.  Dorcas  Austin. 
Ethiel,  b.  May  6,  1796;  m.  Elizabeth  Leonard. 
Abel,  b.  Sept.  23,  1797;  m.  Elvira  Tryphosa  Beecher. 

805.  Samuel  Whitney  (Samuel,  Samuel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  Oct.  9, 1757; 
m.  1783,  Huldah  Stilson.  For  seven  years  he  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war.  He  d. 
Jan.  3,  1808;  res.  Newtown,  Conn. 

John,  b.  July  29, 1784. 

Annie,  b.  Nov.  3,  1785. 

Thos.  Judson,  b.  Oct.  4, 1787, 

Oliver,  b.  Apr.  22.  1789;  d.  unm.  Dec.  6,  1828. 

Henry,  b.  Feb.  14,  1793;  m.  Betsey  Hard. 

809.  Isaac  Whitney  (Samuel,  Samuel,  Nathaniel,  John,  John),  b.  1773;  m.  at 
Watertown,  Conn.,  Jan.  15, 1798,  Susannah  Bryan;  d.  Mar.  16,  1861. 

They  settled  in  Watertown,  Conn.,  and  m  1805  he  purchased  land  of  Jonathan 
Scott.  He  resided  there  until  his  death  of  the  lake  fever.  After  his  death  she  dis- 
posed of  the  property,  and  in  1816  moved  to  Westerlo,  N.  Y.,  where  she  resided  until 
1828,  after  which  she  resided  with  her  daughter  Sally,  and  died  at  her  home  in 
Clarkson,  N.  Y.     He  d.  Jan.  14,  1807;  res.  Claverack,  N.  Y.,  and  Watertown,  Conn. 

1996.  i.  Sallie,  b.  Dec.  29,  1798;  m.  Apr.  20,  1820,  Adam  Snyder;  b.  June 

15,  1798;  res.  Clarkson,  N.  Y.  She  d.  there  Oct.  31,  1880.  He 
d.  Dec.  1,  1879;  was  a  farmer.  Adam  and  Sallie  Snyder  died 
and  were  buried  in  Clarkson,  Monroe  Co.,  N.  Y.  Ch.:  Isaac 
Whitney,  b.  June  26,  1827;  d.  June  26,  1827,  in  Westerlo,  Albany 
Co.,  N.  v.;  Henry  Nettleton,  b.  May  24,  1831,  in  Clarkson,  Mon- 
roe Co.,  N.  Y.;  m.  in  Unadilla,  Mich.,  Oct.  18,  1876,  to  Carrie 
Eugenia  Lyman;  present  address.  Bureau  of  Pensions,  Middle 
Dept.,  Washington,  D.  C. 

1997.  ii.        Susanna,  b.  Dec.  5, 1800;  d.  Mar.,  1821,  at  W^esterlo,  N.  Y. 

1998.  iii.       Isaac  John,  b.  Dec.  20, 1803;  m.  Martha  Ann  Rowell. 

811.  Zachariah  Whitney  (Zachariah,  John,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Jan.  16, 1747, 
in  Woburn,  Mass.;  m.  in  Harvard,  Aug.  18,  1774,  Elizabeth  Wetherbee. 

He  made  his  will  July  28,  1827.    It  was  probated  May  20,  1828.     In  it  he  gives 
































legacies  to  his  grandsons,  Joseph  H.  and  Josiah  B.  Whitnfey,  and  Levina  Eaton, 
widow  of  John  Eaton,  of  Ashby;  children  of  his  son,  Zachariah  W.,  deceased,  dau. 
Lydia  Hastings,  wife  of  Naaman  Hastings;  gr.  dau.,  Betsey  Stevens;  daus.,  Betsey 
Marshall,  Sally  Watkins,  Hannah  Billings.  John  Turner  was  executor.  He  d.  Apr. 
1828;  res.  Lunenburg,  Mass. 


Zachariah,  b. ;  m. 

i.         Betsey,  b. -;  m. Marshall. 

ii.        Sally,  b. ;  m.  Watkins. 

V.        Hannah,  b. ;  m. Billings. 

2003.  V.         Lydia,  b.  Apr.  14,  1786;  m.  Sept.  1,  1809,  Naaman  Hastings;  b. 
Nov.  20,  1787;  d.  Oct.  4,  1864.     She  d.  Dec.  23,  1845;  res.  Lu- 

nenburg, Mass.  Ch.:  Hannah  W.,  b.  Apr.  1,  1810;  m.  Joseph 
Marshall,  d.  Jan.  or  Feb.l  1885;  Lydia,  b.  June  12.  1811;  m.  John 
Ramsdell;  res.  Shirley  Center,  Mass.;  a  dau.  is  Mrs.  Emily  P. 
Hoating;  res.  Lunenburg,  Mass.;  Betsey,  b.  Feb.  25,  1813;  d. 
Apr.  1,  1871;  Thomas,  b.  Jan.  14,  1815;  d.  July  29, 1840;  Naaman, 
b.  Mar.  4,  1819;  d.  Mar.  17,  1865;  Sarah  W.,  b.  Dec.  8,  1819;  d. 
Aug.  14,  1821;  Charles,  b.  Aug.  14,  1822;  m.  Abigail  Proctor; 
William,  b.  July  28,  1824;  d.  Nov.  9,  1849;  Henry  J.,  b.  Apr.  10, 
1830;  m.  Eliza  W.  Jewett,  d.  May  16,  1893. 

816.  John  Whitney  (Zachariah,  John,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  16,  1756;  m. 
in  1775,  Priscilla  Battles,  b.  1756;  d.  at  Lunenburg  Aug.  23,  1832.  His  son  John  was 
appointed  exec,  of  his  will  July  6,  1819.     He  d.  July  23,  1819;  res.  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

2004.  i.  Zachariah,  b.  Feb.  10,  1777;  m.  Abigail  Snow. 

2005.  ii.         ZiMRi,  b.  May  14,  1775;  m.  Susanna  Sanderson. 

2006.  iii.       John,  b.  July  2, 1788;  m.  Sophia  Faulkner  and  Mrs.  Fanny  (Howe) 


2007.  iv.        Sarah,  b.  May  26,  1791;  m.  Sept.  2,  1829,  Peter  Howe. 

823.  Joseph  Whitney  (Joseph,  Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Mar.  18, 1738; 
m.  July  3, 1760,  Elizabeth  Goddard.  He  served  in  the  Weston  Co.  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary war.  Administration  was  granted  on  his  estate  Nov.  4,  1784,  to  his  widow 
Elizabeth.     He  d.  1784;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

2008.  i.         Jonathan,  b. . 

■      2009.    ii.        Joseph,  b. . 

2010.  iii.       David,  b. . 

2011.  iv.       Elizabeth,  b. . 

825.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Joseph,  Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Apr.  12,. 
1743;  m.  Oct.  10,  1766,  Susanna  Norcross;  bap.  July  27,  1746.  During  the  Revolu- 
tionary war  he  was  in  the  Watertown  company;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Susanna,  b.  May  23.  1766. 

Mary,  b.  Jan.  10,  1768. 

Jonathan,  b.  Dec.  16,  1769;  m.  Lucy  Parks. 

Joseph,  b.  June  16,  1774. 

Samuel,  b.  May  6,  1776. 

826.  Abijah  Whitney  (Joseph,  Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  Sept.  6,  1744;: 

m.  June  12,  1783,  Lydia  Stearns;  b.  1759;  d.  1786;  m.  2d  Rebecca .     His  estate 

was  settled  Apr.  14,  1829.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  in  the  company  from 
Weston,  and  later  from  Lincoln,  in  the  regiment  Commanded  by  Col.  Drake.  He  d. 
1829;  res.  Waltham  and  Weston,  Mass. 

2017.  i.  Martha,  b. ;  unm.  in  1820. 

2018.  ii.        Abijah,  b.'in  1784;  m.  Anne  Lawrence. 

2019.  iii.       Nathan,  b.  in  1786;  m.  Martha  Stearns. 

828.  Benjamin  Whitney,  Jr.  (Benjamin,  Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  in 
1737;  m.  Jan.  29,  1766,  Sarah  White,  of  Newton. 

Benjamin  Whitney,  Jr.,  of  Worcester,  was  a  farmer.  His  will  was  probated  Sept. 
2,  1823,  and  his  widow,  Sarah,  was  executrix.  The  only  child  mentioned  in  the  will 
was  his  son,  Amos.  He  held  office  in  Worcester,  often  being  elected  at  the  annual 
town  meetings.  In  1789  he  was  elected  on  the  school  committee,  and  in.  1790  sur- 
veyor of  boards  and  shingles.  Apr.  19,  1775,  he  enlisted  in  Capt.  Benj.  Flagg's  com- 
pany, on  the  Lexington  alarm.  The  Selectmen  of  Worcester  haveing  Laid  before  the 
Town  (Wore.)  a  List  of  Persons  liable  by  Law  and  which  they  Judged  able  and  Quali- 
fied to  serve  on  Petit  Jurors  in  1760  the  name  of  Benj  Whitney  occurs.    The  Town 












proceeded  to  ye  Choice  of  a  Constable  in  ye  Room  of  Josiah  Peirce  Excused,  and 
Benj  Whitney  was  chosen  (and  Sworn  10th  March  1762).  Benj  Whitney  Surveyor  of 
high  ways  and  Collector  of  high  way  taxes — appointed  in  1770  and  1776.  At  a  Town 
meeting  Held  at  the  meeting  House,  in  Worcester  on  Thurs.  the  Eighteenth  Day  of 
October  a  D.  1764  after  Legal  Warning  Eight  o  Clock  fore  noon^voted  ye  following 
sums  be  Granted  for  ye  following  purposes — vizt — To  Benj  Whitney  for  Wm  Breners 
Pole  Tax — 1.37.  Benj  Whitney  served  as  Juror  in  the  Inferior  Court  of  Common 
pleas  and  Court  of  General  sessions  of  the  peace  in  1776.  He  d.  July  30,  1823;  res. 
Worcester,  Mass. 

2020.  i.         Amos,  b. ;  m.  Polly  Kingsbury  and  Betsey  Parker. 

829.  Samuel  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Benjamin,  Joseph,  John,  John),  b.  at  Wor- 
cester, Mass.,  in  1741;  m.  at  Worcester  Nov.  24,  1762,  Mary  White,  of  Newton;  d. 
prob.  in  Templeton;  m.  2d  Oct.  11,  1812,  at  Westminster,  Mass.,  Hannah  Wetherbee, 
wid.  of  Ephraim,  b.  1749;  d.  Dec,  1832. 

According  to  the  History  of  Westminster  Samuel  went  from  Worcester.  He 
made  his  will  and  it  was  probated  Dec.  9,  1834,  and  allowed  Nov.  17,  1835.  In  it  he 
mentions  his  wife  Hannah,  her  daughter  Hannah  Wetherbee,  son  Moses,  daughter 
Patty  Bowker  and  daughter  Molly  West.  Mr.  Spauldingwas  executor.  He  d.  June 
29,  1832;  res.  Worcester,  Templeton,  and  Westminster,  Mass. 

2021.  i.  Moses,  b. ;  m.  Martha . 

2U22.     ii.         Patty,  b. ;   m.  Aug.  17,  1791,  Jonathan  Bowker,  both  of 


2023.  iii.        Molly,  b. ;  m. West. 

2024.  iv.        Abijah,  b. ;  d  unm.  in  Templeton  in  1796;  his  will  is  dated 

Apr.  2. 

834.     Ezekiel  Whitney  (Ezekiel,  John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown, 

Mass.,  Apr.  13,  1768;  m.  Lydia ;  m.  2d .     He  d.  Dec.  1830;  res. 

Roxbury  and  Watertown,  Mass. 

2025.  i.  Frank,  bap.  June  2,  1793. 

2026.  ii.  Leonard,  bap.  June  2,  1793. 

2027.  iii.  Abigail,  bap.  Sept.  14,  1794. 

2028.  iv.  Otis,  bap.  Aug.  12,  1798. 

2029.  V.  Geo.  W.,  b.  Aug.  26,  1812;  m.  Elizabeth  Cook. 

2030.  vi.  Cromwell,  b. . 

2031.  vii.  Alvares,  b. . 

2032.  viii.  Jeremiah,  b. , 

203^3.    ix.        James,  b. 
2034.    X.         Nahum  p.,  b. 

2035.  xi.        Lydia,  b. ;  m. Hvde. 

2036.  xii.      Walter  H.,b.  1819;  m.  Lydia  E.  Doyle. 

839.  Stephen  Whitney  (Stephen,  John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Jan.  25,1771; 
m.  in  Leominster,  Sally  Dexter,  of  Marlboro,  b.  Oct.  14,  1778.  She  m.  2d  Capt. 
Calvin  Hale,  and  d.  Mar.  28, 1846.  She  had  two  ch.  by  her  second  marriage,  Chas.  B. 
and  Maria  S. 

He  was  born  in  Lunenburg,  but  at  the  time  of  his  decease  had  for  4  years  been  a 
resident  of  Westminster,  where  he  was  associated  in  business  in  a  country  store  with 
Joseph  Whitman.  He  also  kept  tavern,  and  the  two,  store  and  tavern,  were  con- 
nected.    He  d.  Sept.  16,  1811;  res.  Lunenburg  and  Westminster,  Mass. 

2037.  i.  William  D.,  b.  July  20,  1803;  m.  Harriet  Hawks. 

2038.  ii.         Eliza  Dexter,  b.  June  19, 1805;  m.  in  Leominster,  Mass.,  Mar.  28, 

1824,  Augustus  Pierce, b.  Dec.29, 1795;  d.  Apr.  27, 1830.  She  d.  Jan. 
20,  1857.  Ch.:  Theodore  W.  Pierce,  b.  Nov.  6,  1824;  m.  Oct.  26, 
1847,  Laura  A.  Peasley,  East  Weare,  N.  H.;  res.  at  58  Amherst 
St.,  Nashua,  N.  H.;  Fidelia  Pierce,  b.  Aug.  19,  1826;  m.  in  Rox- 
bury, Mass.,  John  H.  Hawes;  d.  June  19,  1877.  She  d.  July  19, 

2039.  iii.       Sally,  b.  Feb.  10,  1807;  res.  420  Washington  St.,  Dorchester,  Mass. 
■      2040.     iv.       Susan,  b.  Aug.  20,  1809;  m.  Apr.  19, 1829,  Emerson  Hills,  b.  Mar.  7, 

1804;  d.  Feb.  3, 1879;  res.  Leominster,  Mass.   Ch.:  Juliette, b.  June 

4,  1831;  m.  Oct  12,  1853, Years;  res.  Lemo. 

2041.    V.       Emily  Stevens,  b.  Jan.  20, 1812;  d.  1812. 












842.  Abijah  Whitney  (Stephen,  John,  Benjamin,  John.  John),  b.  Aug.  10,  1776; 
m.  Feb.  6,  1812,  Betsey  Whitney,  b.  Westminster  Apr.  1,  1788,  dau.  of  Jonas;  d.  Nov. 

He  was  born  in  Watertown,  where  he  passed  his  boyhood  days.  He  worked  on 
the  farm,  was  interested  in  a  country  store  and  kept  a  toll  gate.  He  finally  settled 
in  Lunenburg  and  carried  on  an  extensive  provision  business,  supplying  three  towns 
with  meat.  He  was  known  the  country  round  as  "  Uncle  Bijah."  During  the  latter 
part  of  his  life  he  was  in  poor  health  and  resided  with  his  son,  Francis  W.,  at  whose 
home  he  died  in  his  83d  year.     He  d.  Dec.  6,  1859;  res.  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

2042.     i.          Benjamin   H.,  b.   Oct.   15,  1813;   m.    Mary  Butters    and  Sarah 
Charles  S.,  b.  Oct.  16,  1816;  d.  Apr.  18,  1833. 
Susan,  b.  Dec.  23,  1820;  d.  May  27,  1826. 
Joseph,  b.  Feb.  21,  1823;  d.  Sept.,  1825. 
Francis  W.,  b.  July  15,  1825;  m.  Huldah  B.  Frost. 
Mary  E.,  b.  July  19,  1828;  m.  Silas  Whitney.     She  d.  Apr.  1, 1887. 
Ch.:  Ella,  b. ;  m.  Porter  Hyatt;  res.  Leo. 

2048.  vii.       MarthaC,  b.  Feb.  6,  1831;  m.  Seth  Twitchell.    Ch.:  Herbert,  b. 

;  res.  Fitchburg;  Milon,  b. ;  res.  Fitchburg. 

847.  Prentiss  Whitney  (Stephen,  John,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Nov.  2, 
1787;  ni.  1814,  Sylvia  Bicknell.  He  d.  Nov.  18,  1870;  res.  Boston,  Mass.,  Gardiner, 
Me.,  and  Westfield,  N.  Y. 

2049.  i.  Sylvia,  b. ;  m. Townsend;  res.  Westfield,  N.  Y. 

2050.  ii.         Mary,  b. . 

2051.  iii.        Edward,  b. ;  d.;  his  wid.  res.  in  the  west. 

859.  Nathan  Whitney  (Nathan,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  July  1, 
1765;  m.  Nov.  30,  1786,  Eunice  Puffer,  b.  Aug.  2,  1768;  d.  Feb.  24,  1846. 

In  1793  he  bought  of  Samuel  Gerrish  the  greater  part  of  lot  No.  4,  bounding  east 
and  south  on  Bacon  and  Main  streets,  Central  Village,  and  ever  after  res.  thereon. 
He  was  an  upright,  honorable,  and  trustworthy  citizen.  He  held  the  office  of  town 
treasurer  from  1810  to  1830,  discharging  the  duties  of  his  office  with  conscientious 
fidelity.  Ab.  the  latter  date,  however,  he  experienced  great  financial  embarrassment 
and  loss  by  a  business  disaster,  in  which  others  of  his  fellow-townsmen,  as  well  as 
himself,  were  seriously  involved.  He  bore  his  misfortune,  however,  with  creditable 
patience,  and  maintained  his  good  name  and  Christian  standing  to  the  end  of  his 
life.     He  d.  Feb.  14,  1851;  res.  VV^estminster,  Mass. 

Nathan,  b.  Mar.  28,  1793;  m.  Anne  Miles  Whitney. 

Leonard,  b.  Sept.  18, 1800;  d.  Sept.  26,  1802. 

Eunice,  b.  Dec.  12,  1787;  d.  Feb.  27, 1812. 

Ruth,  b.  Nov.  12,  1789;  m.  Nov.  26,  1812,  Smyrna  Whitney  (see). 

She  d.  Nov.  25,  1858. 
Peksis,  b.  Apr.  3,  1795;  m.  May  8,  1821. 
Asa,  b.  Oct.  24,  1797;  d.  Sept.  27,  1802. 
Asa,  b.  Oct.  25,  1803;  d.  Sept.  6,  1814. 

Mary  Reed.  b.  May  23,  1806;  m.  Feb.  23,  1830,  Nathan  Howard 
Cutting,  b.  Princeton,  Mass.,  May  29,  1805.  She  d.  May  25,  1882. 
He  d.  July  16,  1884,  in  Worcester,  Mass.  Ch.:  Franklin  H.,  b. 
Oct.  30,  1832;  d.  Nov.  4,  18a^;  Ann  Maria,  b.  Feb.  1,  1836;  m. 
Joseph  O.  Adams;  res. 25  Oread  place,  Worcester,  Mass.;  Susan 
Louise,  b.  Aug.  29,  1838;  m.  Edward  Whitney  (see);  Charles  H., 
b.  Sept.  1,  1841;  d.  Newburn,  N.  C,  in  war,  Jan.  24,  1863;  Wm. 
Jones,  b.  Nov.  12,  1845;  unm.;  res.  with  Ann;  Frank  W.,  b.  Dec. 
10,  1851;  unm.;  res.  with  Ann. 
2060.  ix.  Leonard,  b.  Nov.  23,  1808;  m.  Dec.  9, 1830;  a  son  Henry  res.  Bat- 
tle Creek,  Mich. 

860.  Dea.  David  Whitney  (Nathan,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Aug.  16,  1767;  m.  in  Princeton,  Nov.  24,  1791,  Elizabeth  Barron,  b.  July  3, 
1768;  d.  Apr.  28,  1853.  Deacon  David  Whitney  was  born  in  Westminster,  where  he 
always  resided.  He  was  foremost  in  all  movements  for  the  welfare  of  the  people. 
He  resided  on  the  old  homestead  settled  by  his  father,  Capt.  Nathan,  in  1752.  When 
ten  years  of  age  he  was  very  sick,  and  it  is  said  his  life  was  saved  by  the  skill  of  a 
Hessian  (British)  soldier,  who  was  a  prisoner  of  war  at  Rutland.  The  physician  was 
recommended  by  another  prisoner  who  was  boarding  at  his  father's. 


















He  inherited  his  father's  habits  of  industry,  economy,  and  thrift.  He  was  a 
deeply  religious  man,  earnestly  devoted  to  the  interests  of  the  First  church  of  the 
town,  whose  fortunes  he  shared  and  served  as  Dea.  for  more  than  60  years.  He 
also  partook  of  the  military  spirit,  which  manifested  itself,  at  an  early  age,  by  his 
enlistment  in  the  service  of  the  state  for  the  suppression  of  Shays'  rebellion.  Later 
in  life,  July  12,  1811,  he  was  commissioned  Capt.  of  the  So.  Co.  in  W.  by  Gov. 
Elbridge  Gerry.  He  was  two  years  a  member  of  the  board  of  selectmen.  He  lived 
to  be  almost  a  centenarian.  He  made  his  will  Aug.  2,  1853.  It  was  ofifered  for  pro- 
bate May  22,  1867.  His  son  Aaron  was  exec.  He  d.  Mar.  24, 1867;  res.  Westminster, 

2061.     i.  Tabitha,  b.  Mar.  9,  1793;  m.  July  10,  1823,  Capt.  John  C.  Miller. 

She  d.  Apr.  11,  1888.  He  was  b.  June  3,  1785;  d.  Oct.  2,  1864. 
Ch.:  John  Flavel,  b.  May  5,  1824;  d.  Aug.  17,  1846;  Elizabeth, 
d.  in  infancy;  George,  b.  June,  1827;  d.  Feb.  18,  1867;  m.  C.  E. 
Gill;  ch.,  Frank,  b.  1856,  m.  Miss  Marsh;  infant  daughter;  Flora 

Ella,  b.  ;  d.  Nov.  2.3,  1887,  m.  E.  Boyn;  Nina  Belle,  b. 

Mar.  6,  1864.  d.  1866;  Nathan  Brick,  b.  Mar.  6,  1864;  d.  Sept.  27, 
1888;  Ada  C,  b.  1866,  m.  J.  Grill  Lamb.  David,  b.  May  7, 
1829,  m.  Laura  Davis;  ch.,  son  died  in  infancy;  Charles  O., 
b.  Mar.  9,  1861,  m.  Mary  Dargee;  George,  b.  Nov.,  1867,  m. 

Smith;   res.   Gardner.     Sarah    E.,  b.  Dec.  25,  1830,   m. 

Thomas  Marshall;  ch.,  Clara  Louise,  b.  Dec.  30,  1872;  res.  Leo- 
minster.    Joseph,  b.  Oct.  14,  1832,  m.  Emily  Follett;  ch.,  Kate 
F.,  b.  Feb.  17,  1871;  Abbie,  b.  June,  1875;  Josephine,  b.  Aug., 
1879;  res.  Westminster.     Isaac  B.,  b.  Nov.  22,  1834,  m.  Jennie 
E.  Potter,  ch.,  dau.  d.  in  infancy;  Alene  S.,  b.  June,  1862;  d. 
May  30.  1881;  m.  W.  O.  Sawm;  John  Calvin,  b.  June,  1864,  m. 
K.   S.    McClure;   res.   Gardner.     Calvin,   b.   Mar.   18,   1837,   m. 
Amelia   V.  Alger,  descendant   of    Thomas  Alger,   who  came 
from  England  in  1634,  and  settled  in  Plvmouth  colonv;   ch., 
Morton  Melvin,  b.  Feb.  10,  1873;  Allan  Balcom,  b.  Jan.  28,  1883; 
res.  Athol. 
Betsey,  b.  Jan.  18,  1795;  d.  May  4,  1796. 
David,  b.  Oct.  24,  1796;  d.  unm.  Mar.  8,  1875. 
Reuben,  b.  May  8,  1798;  d.  July  27,  1800. 
Aaron,  b.  Mav  1,  1800;  m.  Martha  Ravmond. 
Betsey,  b.  Feb.  5,  1802;  m.  Jan.  16,  1823,  Nathan  Howard.     He 
was  b.  June  2, 1795;  d.  July  18, 1879;  res.  Westminster,  Mass.  Ch.: 
Maria,  b.  May  16,  1824;  Elizabeth  W.,  b.  July  24,  1827;  Marv,  b. 
Feb.  15,  1830;  Nathan   P.,  b.  Oct.  17,   1832;  Calvin,  b.  Apr'.  10, 
1835;  d.  May  14,  1865;  Joseph,  b.  May  6,  1837;  Albert,  b.  May 
23,  1845. 

2067.  vii.       Reuben  P.,  b.  July  24,  1804;  m.  Clarissa  C.  Woodward,  Mrs.  Fi- 

delia B.  Pierce  and  Mrs.  Nancy  R.  Thomas. 

2068.  viii.      Isaac,  b.  Mar.  4,  1806;  m.  Susan  Barrett  and  Eliza  Perkins. 

2069.  ix.        Mary,  b.  Aug.  19,  1808;  m.  Feb.  15,  1826,  William  S.  Everett,  b. 

Oct.  13.  1805;  d.  Feb.  19,  1885;  farmer;  res.  Westminster.  Ch.: 
Mary  Whitney,  b.  May  16,  1828;  m.  Joseph  Brown  at  Princeton, 
Mass.,  Jan.  1,  1847;  present  address,  Davis  ave.,  Brookline, 
Mass;  have  one  son,  Joseph  Everett  Brown,  b.  Westminster, 
Mass.,  Mav  21,  1867;  present  address,  Brookline,  Mass.;  m.  Kate 
Yeaton  Mix,  May  21,  1891. 

2070.  x.         Sally,  b.  June  17, 1810;  m.  June  16,  1842,  Moses  Booth;  res.  4315 

Champlain  ave.,  Chicago,  111.  He  was  b.  Sept.  13, 1801 ;  d.  Sept.  9, 
1855.  Ch.:  Sarah  Judson,  b.  Aug.  27,  1842;  m.  Dec.  4,  1868, 
Samuel  D.  Hannan,  who  d.  May  9,  1889. 

2071.  xi.       Calvin,  b.  Dec.  1,  1813;  m.  Hildah  Brown. 

861.  John  Whitney  (Nathan,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Oct.  13,  1769; 
m.  in  Westminster  in  1790,  Elizabeth  Stearns,  b.  Aug.  1,  1770.  She  m.  2d  James 
Walker,  who  died  s.  p.  the  next  year;  she  m.  3d  Luke  Warren  and  had  Mary  and 
Aaron.     She  d.  Oct.  30,  1838. 

John  Whitney  was  born  in  Waltham,  Mass.,  and  moved  with  his  parents  when 
young  to  Westminster.  He  followed  agricultural  pursuits,  was  a  stanch  Christian, 
good  citizen,  strong  temperance  advocate  and  bittetly  opposed  to  slavery.     He  was 













never  in  public  life,  but  made  many  friends  by  his  integrity  and  Christian  virtues^ 
He  d.  Tune  25,  1802;  res.  Westminster,  Mass. 

2072.  i.  John,  b.  Jan.  15,  1795;  d.  Feb.  22,  1796. 

2073.  ii.         John,  b.  Feb.  20,  1797;  m.  Lydia  Allen. 

2074.  iii.        Betsey,  b.  May  3,  1799;  m.  Apr.  30,  1829,  Thomas  Merriam,  b. 

July  23,  1801;  d.  Sept.  24,  1877;  res.  Westminster.  Ch.,  Mary  £.„ 
b.  June  4,  1830;  Sarah  M.,  b.  June  7,  1835;  John  F.,  b.  Aug  23, 
1838;  all  res.  W.    The  mother  d.  July  15,  1888. 

2075.  iv.        Linda,  b.  Mar.  8,  1802;  m.  Nov.  20,  1823,  at  Hubbardston,  JdSeph 

Raymond,  b.  Mar.  15,  1796.  She  d.  Mar.  23,  1847.  Ch.:  Alfred 
Whitney,  b.  Sept.  22,  1824;  res.  Jewett,  N.  Mex.;  Melinda 
Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  12,  1826;  unm.;  Joseph  Downe,  b.  Feb.  17, 
1828;  res.  Pleasant  St.,  Worcester,  Mass.;  Reuben  Stearns,  b. 
May  13, 1830;  m.  and  died  leaving  Edward  Lincoln  and  William 
Holbrook;  his  wid.  m.  William  Bearing,  res.  Shellville,  Cal.;. 
Susan  Wood,  b.  Oct.  28,  1831;  m.  Heman  Lincoln  Chase,  of 
Boston,  at  Hubbardston,  Mass.,  the  18th  of  Oct.,  1854;  res.  126 
Harvard  St.,  Brookline,  Mass.  He  was  son  of  Rev.  Irah  Chase, 
D.  D.,  and  Harriet  Savage  Chase,  and  was  born  at  Newton, 
Mass.,  Sept.  22,  1829,  and  died  in  Brooklme,  Feb.  11,  1884.  Her 
husband  and  her  deceased  son,  Henry,  were  Baptists  and  all 
her  other  children  the  same.  Harriet  Savage  Chase  married 
Herbert  Eveleth  Greene,  July  15,  1886.  He  graduated  from 
Harvard  college  and  has  the  degree  of  Ph.  D.  Dr.  Greene  is  a 
prof,  in  Wells  College,  Aurora,  N.  Y.  They  have  one  son,  born 
June  14,  1890.  Prof.  Greene  is  an  orthodox  Congregationalist; 
the  child's  name  is  William  Chase  Greene.  Heman  Lincoln 
Chase,  Jr.,  graduated  from  Harvard,  receiving  the  degree  of 
A.  M.,  in  1882,  and  afterward  the  degree  of  Dr.  of  Medicine 
from  the  Harvard  Med.  school,  then  studied  abroad,  and  is  now 
practicing  in  Brookline,  unmarried,  and  a  Republican.  Henry 
Ernest  Chase  graduated  from  Harvard  in  1883  with  the  degree 
of  A.  M.  Susan  Raymond  Chase  was  married  to  Frank  Leon- 
ard Creesy,  June  12,  1889.  Mr.  Creesy  graduated  from  Harvard 
Coll.  in  the  class  of  '82  and  afterward  from  the  Harvard  law 
school,  practicing  law  in  Boston  and  living  in  Brookline.  Re- 
publican. They  have  one  child,  Madeline  Creesy,  born  Mar. 
26,  1891.  Edith  Chase  is  a  student  at  Smith  College,  Northamp- 
ton, Mass.;  Henry  Chase,  b.  July  12,1840;  res.  Council  Bluffs,  la. 

863.  JosiAH  Whitney  (Josiah,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Waltham,  June 
23,  1765;  m.  (pub.)  Jan.  10,  1790,  Mary  Barrett,  b.  1768,  d.  Aug.  23,  1841.  He  was  b. 
in  Waltham  and  m.  in  Ashby.  After  the  births  of  four  of  their  children  they 
were  dismissed  to  the  church  in  Ashby,  Nov.  24,  1799.  There  they  ever  afterward 
resided,  honored  and  respected.  He  d.  Dec.  24,  1842;  res.  Watertown  and  Ashby, 

2076.  i.  Josiah,  b.  Mar.  20,  1791;  m.  Rebecca  Rice. 

2077.  ii.         Sally,  b.  Mar.  19,  1792;    m.  Dec.  16,  1814,  Oliver  Kendall,  res. 

Ashby.  She  d.  Nov.  23,  1889.  He  was  b.  June,  1792;  d.  Apr. 
15,  1857.  Ch.:  Sarah,  b.  Mar.  22.  1818,  d.  Aug.  16,  1822;  Josiah 
Quincy,  b.  Apr.  2-1,  1825,  m.  Amanda  H.  Adams  Sept.  13,  1853;. 
d.  June  15,  1883;  Clarissa;  John  Miron,  b.  Oct.  4,  1829,  d.  Nov. 
9,  1846. 

2078.  iii.       Jonas  Prescott,  b.  Sept.  22,  1793;  m.  Rebecca  Piper  and  Louisa 


2079.  iv.        Mary,  b.  Sept.  14,  1796;  m.  July  17,  1817,  Oliver  L.  Wheeler;  res. 

Ashby,  Mass.  She  d.  July  5,  1888.  He  was  b.  Aug.  6,  1795;  d. 
May  13,  1891.  Ch.:  Cynthia  Barrett,  b.  June  30,  1818;  m.  May 
11,  1846,  Lewis  Raymond  of  Norwich,  Conn.,  who  died  same 
fall;  d.  Mar.  30, 1852;  Oliver  Gushing,  b.  Sept.  15,  1819;  d.  Oct.  17,. 
1838;  Otis  Adams,  b.  Nov.  1, 1820;  m.  Mar.  12,  1863.  Mary  Eliza- 
beth Jewett,  ch.,  Charles  Gushing,  b.  in  Fitchburg,  Mass.,  May 
18,  1864,  d.  Mar.  18,  1868;  Ellen  Louisa,  b.  in  Fitchburg,  Mass., 
Mar.  29, 1866,  d.  Apr.  25, 1866;  Fanny  Maria.b.  in  Fitchburg,  Mass., 
Sept.  26,  1867;  Walter  Otis,  b.  in  Fitchburg,  Mass.,  June  25,  1871; 


Mary  Augusta,  b.  Feb.  7, 1823;  m.  May  30. 1843,  K.  W.  Knight  of 
Ashburnham,  Mass.  He  d.  Sept.  5,  1858;  m.  2d,  Nov.  22,  I860, 
S.  G.  Frost;  ch.,  Charles  Montague,  b.  Apr.  29,  1846,  d.  Sept. 
1846;  Cynthia  Elizabeth,  b.  June  5,  1848;  Eddie  Hurbert 
Frost,  b.  July  27,  1866,  d.  Feb.  25,  1867;  Charles  Merriam, 
b.  Feb.  12,  1827;  d.  Sept.  9,  1853;  Harriet  Whitnev,  b.  Mar. 
16,  1829;  m.  Apr.  25,  1857,  John  S.  Wetherbee,  of  New  York  City, 
ch.,  Adella  Frances,  b.  in  New  York,  Nov.  8,  1858;  Miranda 
Russell,  b.  in  New  York,  March  5,  1860,  d.  Mar.  26,  1861;  Hattie 
Jane,  b.  in  Ashby,  Nov.  19, 1861;  Alary  Miranda, b.  in  New  York, 
Jan.  9,  1863;  Charlotte  Wheeler,  b.  in  New  York,  Apr.  14,  1865; 
Jane  Hubbard,  b.  May  15,  1830;  d.  Aug.  19.  1850;  Walter  Jewett. 
b.  Apr.  19,  1833;  m.  Nov.  29,  1859,  Abbie  Louisa  Brown,  of 
Keene,  N.  H.;  Alice  Aurelia,  b.  Dec.  17,  1834;  m.  Sept.  14,  1857, 
W.  F.  White  of  Ashburnham,  Mass.;  m.  2d,  Oct.  20.  1880,  J.  W. 
Pickering  of  Boston,  Mass.,  lawyer,  office  28  School  St.  R.  31;, 
Mary  Aurelia,  b.  at  Ashby,  Mass..  Oct.  30,  1863;  d.  Dec.  17, 1863;. 
Elizabeth  Elmyra,  b.  July  2,  1838;  m.  June  16,  1868,  Edwin. 
Whitney,  of  Ashby,  Mass.;  d.  July  13,  1887;  Cynthia  Elizabeth. 
Knight,  m.  Dec.  7,  1868,  George  Adams  Upton,  of  Townsend,, 
Mass.,  ch.,  Edson  Knight,  b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  Sept.  22,  1869; 
Fred,  b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  Sept.  1,  1871,  d.  Sept.  24,  1871; 
Mary  Alice,  b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  Sept.  1,  1871,  d.  Dec.  15, 
1872;  George  Forrest,  b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  May  5,  1874; 
Charles  Amos,  b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  Apr.  9,  1879;  Roy  Frost,, 
b.  in  Townsend,  Mass.,  Apr.  29,  1885. 

2080.  V.         John  B.  b.  Apr.  7,  1801;  m.  Harriett  Gushing. 

2081.  vi.        Nanxy.  b.  Mar.  29,  18o3;  m.  Feb.  8,  1825,  Asa  Holt,  res.  Ashbv> 

She  d.  May  20,  1851.  He  was  b.  Mar.  21,  1801;  d.  Mar.  3,  1890. 
Ch.:  Lowell  Convers,  b.  Aug.  19,  1826,  m.  Mary  Ann  Hayden 
Dec.  20,  1848,  P.  O.  address,  Ashby,  Mass.;  Sarah  Jane,  b.'Oct. 
4,  1828,  m.  Cyrus  Appleton  Davis  Apr.  12,  1852,  P.O.,  Dixon,  III; 
Nancv  Elmira,  b.  Oct.  2,  1830,  m.  Luther  Gregory  Spaulding 
Oct.  3,  1847,  P.  O.,  Ashbv.  Mass.;  Mary  Alice,  b.  Nov.  27,  1835, 
d.  Aug.  23,  1854;  Ellen  Elizabeth,  b.  July  30,  1839,  P.  O.,  Elgm, 
111.;  Lyman  Woodrow,  b.  Mar.  18,  1842,  d.  Mar.  22,  1863. 

2082.  vii.      Alice,  b.  Dec.  17,  1806;  m.  in  Ashby,  1837,  Calvin  J.  Tyler.     She 

d.  Sept.  19,  1858.  He  was  b.  Nov.  8,  1813;  d.  Mar.  23,  1887.  Ch.: 
John  Martin,  b.  Dec.  20,  1838,  d.  Oct.  16,  1866;  Sarah  Kendall,  b. 
Jan.  16, 1840,  m.  Nov.  14, 1861,  M.  E.  McDowell,  res.  Leominster; 
Willard,  b.  Aug.  6,  1841,d.Aug.lO,  1845;  Laura  Matilda,  b.  May 
22,  1844,  m.  Apr.  23,  1867,  A.  B.  Upham,  res.  Leominster,  Mass.; 
Ann  Caroline,  b.  Mar.  18,  1847,  d.  July  2,  1876;  Alice,  b.  Oct.  3, 
1850.  d  Oct.  3,  1854. 

2083.  viii.     Willia.m,  b.  July  20,  1798;  m.  Fanny  Lincoln. 

865.    Jonathan  Whitney  (Josiah,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  May,  8, 
1772;  m.  Sarah  Child.     She  died  in  1828,  and  in  her  will  mentions  her  sisters  Louisa 
Bedlow,  Mary  Shattuck  and  Belinda  Stearns.    Isaiah  Child  was  executor.     He  d.  in 
•1826;  res.  Waltham,  Mass. 

2084.  i.  Josiah  Qcincy,  b.  1805,  died  in  1828;  unm. 

2085.  ii.         Jacob  C,  b. ;  left  2  ch. 

869.  Joel  Whitney  (Jonas,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Westminster, 
Sept.  13,  1765;  m.  Dec.  4,  1790,  Lucy  Holden,  b.  Feb.  25,  1770,  d.  Dec.  15,  1791;  m.  2d 
at  W.,  Aug.  16,  1796,  Mrs.  Abigail  (Holden)  Merriam,  b.  Aug.  25, 1767,  d.  Nov.  18, 1848. 

He  was  a  man  of  vigorous  intellect,  good  practical  judgment,  and  great  force  of 
character.  His  positive  convictions  and  love  of  argument  won  for  him  in  certain 
circles  the  expressive  title  of  "Old  Reason."  He  lived  fora  few  years  with  his  brother 
Jonas  on  the  paternal  estate,  but  at  length  sold  to  him,  and  purchased  the  place  now 
owned  by  J.  C.  Goodridge,  on  the  No.  Common,  where  his  remaining  life  was  spent. 
His  services  were  much  in  demand  as  arbitrator  for  the  settlement  of  personal  dif- 
ferences and  questions  of  controversy,  requiring  for  their  proper  adjustment,  good 
sense,  an  impartial  judgment,  freedom  from  prejudice,  and  the  disposition  to  deal 
fairly  and  honorably  with  all  parties  concerned.     He  m.  1st,  Lucy.dau.of  Abnerand 


Elizabeth  (Darby)  Holden.  She  bore  him  1  child,  and  he  m.  2d,  her  sister,  Abigail 
(Holden)  Merriam,  wid.  of  Nathan,  by  whom  he  had  6  ch.  He  d.  Apr.  15,  1857,  at 
Gardner;  res.  Westminister,  Mass. 

2086.  ii.         Joseph  H.,  b.  Dec.  27, 1799;  m.  Betsey  Pratt. 

2087.  i.  Cynthia,  b.  Oct.  12,  1797;  m.  Sept.  21,  1826,  Ebenezer  Jones,  of 

Westminster.  She  d.  Apr.  7,  1891.  Ch.:  J.  Walter,  b.  Aug.  8, 
1829.  In  1830  they  went  to  Troy,  N.  Y.  She  d.  1892.  His  wid. 
res.  47  Grand  Division  St.,  Troy. 

2088.  iii.        Horace,  b.  Apr.  26,  1802;  m.  Mary  Sawin. 

2089.  V.        Theodore,  b.  Apr.  2,  1807;  m.  Betsey  Wheeler. 

2090.  iv.       Elizabeth  Barnard,  b.  May  27,  1804;  m.  Oct.  6,  1825,  Timothy 

Weeks.  She  d.  Apr.  17, 1887.  He  was  b.  in  Bridgewater,  N.  H., 
Nov.  13, 1801 ;  d.  July  1,  1854.  Ch. :  Adeline  Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  2, 
1826;  m.  Jan.  24,  1860,  to  Nathan  W.  Frye;  P.  O.  address.  Mrs. 
Nathan  W.  Frye,  616  Main  St.,  Woburn,  Mass.;  Mary  A.,  b.  July 
28,  1828;  m.  Feb.  1,  1849,  Henry  A.  Fielding;  P.  O.  address, 
Mrs.  Henry  A.  Fielding,  Bozeman,  Mont.;  Harriet  G.,b.  Sept.  25, 
1830;  m.  July  1,  1849;  Jeremiah  S.  Hall;  P.  O.  address,  Mrs.  H. 
G.  Hall,  46  Tyler  St.,  Lowell,  Mass.;  Augustus  Whitney,  b.  Feb. 
5,  1833;  m.  Mar.  25,  1867;  Lauretta  Frye;  d.  in  Lowell,  Feb.  21, 
1892;  Cynthia  Jones,  b.  Mar.  25,  1836;  d.  May  15,  1842;  Ellen, 
b.  Oct.  2,  1838;  m.  Dec.  8, 1862;  Rev.  E.  P.  Tenney ;  P.  O.  address, 
Mrs.  E.  P.  Tenney,  Pembroke,  N.  H.;  Emma  D.,  b.  Mar.  13, 
1841 ;  m.  Lester  Willson,  Mar.  2, 1869;  P.  O.  address,  Mrs.  Lester 
S.  Willson,  Bozeman,  Mont. 

2091.  vii.       Relief  Farnsworth,  b.  Feb.  22,  1810;  m.  at  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Oct. 

21,  1835,  Willet  G.  Tripp.  She  d.  Apr.  26,  1875;  res.  Troy  and 
Brooklyn,  N.  Y.  He  was  b.  Feb.  8, 1810;  d.  Apr.  17,  1869.  Ch.: 
Caroline  A.,  b.  Sept.  27,  1859;  m.  Ansen  Adams;  she  d.  Apr.  10, 
1880;  Sarah  A.,  b.  Mar.  19,  1842;  res.  723  Federal  St.,  Trov,  N. 
Y.;  John  W.,  b.  Sept.  7,  1844;  m.  Mary  Higgins;  P.  O.  address, 
372  Pacific  St.,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.;  Harriet  E.,  b.  May  18,  1847;  m. 
Henry  Parker;  P.  O.  addres?,  285  Clifton  PL,  Brooklyn,  N;  Y.; 
Franklyn  M.,  b.  May  18,  1850;  m.  June,  1879, Alma  Morris;  P.O. 
address,  223  Fulton  St.,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.;  four  other  children, 
who  died  in  infancv. 

2092.  vi.       Lucy,  b.  Nov.  25,  1791;   m.  Oct.  28,  1813,  Joseph  Brown,  of  West- 

minster. Ch.:  Lucy,  b.  July  14,  1814;  m.  Rev.  Robert  Stuart; 
George,  b.  Dec.  12,  1816;  m.  Mary  Perkins;  Huldah,  b.  Sept.  8, 
1818;  m.  Calvin  Whitney,  Sept.  7,  1837;  Joseph,  b.  Sept.  23, 1820; 
m.  Mary  Everett.     The  mother  d.  Oct.  18, 1821. 

870.  Squire  Jonas  Whitney  (Jonas,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Nov.  10,  1761;  m.  there  Dec.  1,  1785,  Elizabeth  Raymond,  of  Princeton;  b. 
1766;  d.  Nov.  18, 1857. 

Jonas  Whitney,  Jr.,  was  born  in  Westminster,  and  succeeded  to  the  estate  of  his 
father.  He  was  a  man  of  marked  natural  ability  and  strength  of  character.  Of 
excellent  judgment,  well  informed,  thoroughly  upright  and  trustworthy,  he  held  a 
high  place  in  public  esteem,  and  was  often  chosen  to  fill  important  posts  of  public 
service,  the  duties  of  which  he  discharged  with  singular  fidelity  and  effectiveness. 
He  was  11  years  selectman,  24  years  assessor,  and  13  years  representative  to  the 
General  Court,  a  term  of  service  in  that  capacity  more  than  twice  as  long  as  that  of 
any  other  person  in  the  history  of  the  town.  He  was  also  justice  of  the  peace,  being 
well  known  as  "Squire  Whitney,"  and  had  much  to  do  in  the  administration  and 
settlement  of  estates.  His  life  was  long,  busy,  useful,  and  full  of  honor.  He  d.  Jan. 
3,.1839;  res.  Westminster,  Mass. 
"       2093.    i.  Harrison   G.,  b.  Jan.  2,  1812;  m.  Louisa  Carpenter  and  Eliza 


2094.  ii.         Betsey,  b.  Sept.  3,  1786;  d.  July  7, 1787. 

2095.  iii.       Polly  Everett,  b.  Oct.  25,  1792;  m.  Feb.  1816,  John  Perkins; 

b.  Feb.  25,  1789;  d.  in  Morris,  111.,  Nov.  3,  1868.  She  d.  Aug.  10, 
1874.  Ch.  Mary,  b.  Nov.  1816;  m  Geo.  Brown,  1839;  d.  1888. 
Her  dau.,  Mrs.  A.  F.  Barker,  Monticello,  Minn.;  Eliza,  b.  May, 
1817;  m.  Isaac  Whitney,  1842;  d.  1890;  Mrs.  S.  B.  W.  Olsen, 
dau.,  Santa  Barbara,   Cal.    (See  elsewhere.);  Joseph,  b.  1820; 












address  Monticello,  Minn.;  Myra,  b.  1822;  d.  1848;  Harrison,  b. 
1824;  address  Westminster,  Mass.;  Catharine,  b.  1831,  d.  18o3- 
Nancy  Whitney,  b  Dec.  4,  1828;  m.  Oct.  10,  1856,  Henry  E. 
Stevens;  res.  34  Grove  St.,  Norwich,  Conn.;  four  other  ch.  d. 

2096.  iv.        Almira,  b.  July  16,  1799;  m.  Leonard  Minott  and  Joel  Cowee,  of 
Gardner.    She  d.  s.  p.  Sept.  1,  1872. 

2097,  v.         Nancy,  b.  Mar.  9,  1803;  m.  Aratas  Raymond;  res.  W.;  3  ch.    She 
d.  Aug.  7,  1875;  a  dau.  Mary  res.  Gardner. 

Charles,  b.  Mar.  21,  1797;  m.  Sarah  Howard. 
Joseph,  b.  Dec.  18,  1794;  m.  Sally  Harrington. 
Jonas,  b.  July  20,  1807;  m.  Lucinda  Damon. 
Betsey,  b.  Apr.  1,  1788;  m.  Abijah  Whitnev  (See). 
Arethusa,  b.  Sept.  26,  1790;  d.  Aug.  4,  1796. 

872.  Capt.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Jonas,  David,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  West- 
minster, Mass.,  Apr.  28,  1770;  m.  1794,  Nancy  Fuller,  b.  Newton,  Mass.,  Feb.  14,  1767; 
d.  Sept.  20,  1855. 

He  was  a  noted  school  teacher  in  his  younger  days,  was  prominent  in  town 
affairs  and  captain  of  the  local  military  company.  Was  selectman  for  several  vears. 
and  was  town  clerk  for  several  years.  Though  not  a  professor  of  religion  he  was  an 
upright  and  moral  man,  a  good  citizen  and  knid  neighbor.  He  d.  June  27,  1852;  res. 
Marlboro,  N.  H. 

2103.  i.  Benjamin,  b.  May  25,  1802;  m.  Elmira  Stimpson. 

2104.  ii.         Nancy, b.  Dec.  2, 1796;  m.  June  2, 1819,  Solomon  Sawtell,  of  Rindge, 

N.  H.  She  d.  Apr.  17.  1864.  He  was  b.  Apr.  6,  1786;  d.  Dec.  13, 
1861;  was  a  shoemaker.  Ch.:  Benjamin  Whitney  Sawtell,  20 
Bartlett  St.,  Charleston,  Mass.;  John  L.  Sawtell,  Mansfield,  Mass.; 
Mrs.  Jane  L.  S.  Richardson,  51  Arlington  St.,  Fitchburg,  Mass.; 
Amaziah  Sawtell,  292  Randolph  St.,  Detroit,  Mich.;  Edwin  Saw- 
tell, 695  N.  Main  St.,  Brockton,  Mass.  Benjamin  Whitney 
Sawtell  m.  Rebecca  Ann  Jessop,  Nov.  6,  1844.  Their  children 
were  7:  Benj.  Whitney  Sawtell,  Jr.,  b.  Aug.  5,  1845,  d.  Aug.  19, 
1856;  Harriet  Elizabeth,  b.  Aug.  18.  1847,  d.  Jan.  28,  1867;  Re- 
becca Addielade,  b.  Aug.  26,  1849;  m.  Sept.  27,  1883  to  Charles 
W.  Marsh,  residing  Fells  Station.  Melrose,  Mass;  then  two 
small  children  died  in  infancv  of  Benj.  W.  Sawtell's  family; 
afterwards  were  Ida  Whitney.'b.  Nov.  5,  1867;  m.  July  4,  1889, 
to  Charles  S.  Chapman,  residing  20  Bartlett  St.,  Charlestown, 
Mass.  (one  child),  Mildred  Viola  Chapman,  b.  Apr.  4.  1890;  Her- 
bert Russell  Sawtell,  b.  Sept.  16,  1869,  res.  20  Bartlett  St., 
Charlestown,  Mass. 

2105.  iii.        RuHANNAH.  b.  Jan.  11,  1798;  m.  Mar.  28,  1826,  Jeremiah  R.  Need- 

ham,  of  Hollis,  N.  H.,  2  sons.     She  d.  in  Hollis. 

2106.  iv.       Sarah,  b.  Apr.  28,  1799;  m.  May  14,  1829,  Joel  Barker,  of  Milford, 

N.  H.     She  d.  there. 

2107.  v.         Lydia,  b.  May  15,  1800;  m.  Dec.  6,  1836,  Abner  Bailey,  of  Jaffrey, 

N.  H.     She  d.  there  Mar.  7,  1872. 

2108.  vi.        Sophronia,  b.  Nov.  25,  1803;  m.  Jan.  22,  1829,  Moses  Parmerter; 

res.  Pepperell,  Mass.,  and  she  d.  there.  He  was  b.  Aug.  19, 
1803;  d.  Nov.  11,  1863.  He  was  a  cabinet  maker.  Ch.:  Eliza 
Maria  Parmenter,  b.  Nashua,  N.  H.,  Feb.  28,  1830;  m.  to  James 
Hobart  Sept.  15,  1853.  Present  address  Ea.  Pepperell,  Mass.; 
ch.,  James  Francis,  b.  Ea.  Pepperell  July  14, 1854;  m.  Nov.,  1878. 
Present  address,  Hartford,  Conn.,  "The  Linden,"  roorh  47;  Hattie 
Hobart,  b.  July  18,  1861,  E.  Pepperell,  Mass.;  m.  Oct.  15,  1880, 
at  E.  Pepperell,  Mass.  Present  address,  Mrs.  Hattie  Hobart, 
Libby,  E.  Pepperell,  Mass.;  Charles  Whitney  Parmenter,  b.  in 
East  Wilton,  N.  H.,  Jan.  10,  1832;  d.  Nashua,  N.  H.;  Mrs.  E. 
Maude  Harvey,  36  Otterson  street,  Nashua,  N.  H. 

2109.  vii.       Jonas,  b.  July  4,  1805;  m.  Charlotte  Farman. 

2110.  viii.     Syrena,  b.  Oct.  16,  1808;  m.  Mav  7,  1846,  Louis  Mclntire,  of  Ash- 

burnham,  Mass.,  where  she  d.  July  9.  1851. 

2111.  ix.       Harriett,  b.  May  22, 1812;  m.  Sept.  15,  1835,  James  Hobart;  res. 

Pepperell,  Mass. 
















2112.  X.         Ben-jamin,  b.  Oct.  29,  1796;  d.  infancy. 

2113.  xi.        Lucv,  b.  Oct.  8,  1807;  d.  Nov.  11,  1807. 

881.  Nathaniel  Ruggles  Whitney  (Simon,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John), 
b.  Mar.  19,  1759;  m.  Abigail  Frotheringham;  b.  May  24,  1760.  He  was  born  in  Water- 
town  in  1759,  and  in  early  life  was  a  teacher,  afterward  a  trader  and  farmer.  For  sev- 
eral years  he  was  justice  of  the  peace,  town  clerk  and  selectman.  During  the 
Revolutionary  war  he  was  in  the  Watertown  company  commanded  by  Capt.  Brooks, 
He  d.  Dec.  17,  1833;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

Nathaniel  R.,  b.  May  27,  1782;  m.  Sally  Stone. 

Polly  (or  Martha),  b.  Feb.  10,  1784;  m. Skelton. 

James  B.,  b.  Mar.  23,  1786;  d.  bef.  1833. 

Francis,  b.  June  29,  1788.    A  Francis  Whitney  whom  I  have  been 

unable  to  place,  but  probably  this   one,   m.    Mary and 

resided  in  Natick,  Mass.    Their  child,  Frances,  died  there  Apr. 
30,  1819,  aged   eight  months,  and   was  interred   in  the    South 
Natick  grave  yard.     Francis'  name  is  not  found,  however,  on 
the  Natick  town  or  church  records  or  tax  lists. 
2118.    V.         Hannah,  b.  July  5,  1791;  m.  Mar.  12,  1815,  pub.  Joseph  Frothing- 
ham  Tafts,  b.  July  19,  1790.     He  was  a  tanner  and  agent  for 
various  trusts.     She  d.  Aug.  15,  1872.     He  d.  Sept.  17,  1854;  res. 
Cambridge,  Mass.    Ch.:  James  B.,  b.  Jan.  14,  1817;  Joseph  F,, 
b.  Nov.  11,  1819;  Henry,  b.  Oct.  5,  1822;  George  F.,  b.  Oct.  19, 
1825;  Alfred,  b.  Aug.  14,  1829. 
George  C.b.  Aug.  18,  1793. 
William,  b  Oct.  20,  1795. 
Simon,  b.  Oct.  30,  1797;  m.  Mary  Walker. 
John,  b.  Oct.  10,  1800. 

890.  Richard  Whitney  (Simon,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Water- 
town,  Mass.,  Jan.  12,  1782;  m.  in  Amherst,  Apr.  23,  1816,  Mary  Elizabeth  Parker, 
b.  May  20,  1797;  d.  May  13,  1879. 

He  was  a  carriage  trimmer  and  harnessmaker  by  trade.  He  d.  Nov.  25,  1863; 
res.  Amherst,  Mass. 

2123.     i.  Simon  W.,  b.  Nov.  21,  1817;  m.  Emeline  L.  Belding,  Sarah  Ingram 

and  Samantha  Atherton. 
Richard  S.,  b.  Feb.  13,  1819;  m.  Amelia  Arrington. 
Samuel  F.,  b.  July  18,  1820;  res.  Emery  St.,  Springfield,  Mass. 
Sarah  A.  M.,  b.  June  25.  1822;  d.  Oct.  28,  1824. 

Elisha  p.,  b.  June  19,  1824;  m. . 

Sarah  A.  M.,  b.  Oct.  24,  1826;  d.  Mar.  2,  1861. 

Caroline  Elizabeth,   b.  Aug.  2,  1828;   m.  Simons;  d. 

June  19,  1863. 

895.    Charles  Whitney  (Daniel,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Nov.   16, 

1780;  m.  Sybil  Chenery,  b. ;  d.  Feb.  28,  1868.     He  was  a  stonemason.    He  d. 

June  9,  1850;  res.  Watertown,  Mass. 

2130.  ii.         Bradshaw  S.,  b.  June  4, 1817;  m.  Nancy  Ruggles. 

2131.  i.  Anne   Aspinwall,  b.  June  24,   1812;  m.  May  17,  1839,  Thomas 

Learned.  He  was  a  farmer,  was  b.  Jan.  12,18)1;  d.  Aug.  28, 
1848;  res.  69  E.  Main  St.,  Marlboro,  Mass.  Ch.:  Ann  Augusta, 
b.  Nov.  17,  1840;  m.  June  13,  1888,  Loring  A.  Barnard;  res. 
69  E.  Main  St.,  Marlboro;  Eleanor  Sargent,  b.  Oct.  19,  1844;  m. 
Dec.  23,  1866,  Geo.  B.  Starbird;  res.  35,  15th  St.,  Buffalo,  N.  Y. 

902.  Daniel  Whitney  (Joshua,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Worcester, 
Mass.,  July  3,  1763. 

He  was  born  in  Worcester,  Mass.,  and  when  quite  a  young  man  served  in  the 
Revolutionary  war  for  three  months.  He  suffered  severely  from  exposure,  and  had 
a  pension  granted  him  Mar.  4,  1831.  He  was  a  farmer,  and  d.  in  Oxford,  Me.,  in 
1852;  res.  Oxford,  Me. 

2132.  Leafy,  b.  ;  m.  Rich;    res.   Lawrence,  Mass.;  res. 

Lawrence,  Mass. 

903.  William  Clark  Whitney  (Joshua,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b. 
Worcester,  Mass.,  Oct.  19,  1765;  m.  Mar.  23,  1799,  Sophia  Fuller,  of  Hebron,  Me.,  b. 














Mar.  23,  1779;  m.  2d,  Dec.  6,  1816,  Deborah  Patch,  of  Otisfield,  Me.,  b.  July  20,  1787, 
•d.  Dec.  26,  1873. 

William  Clark  Whitney  was  born  in  Worcester,  Mass.,  and  with  his  brother 
Daniel,  became  a  proprietor  of  lands  at  Paris,  Me.,  by  purchase  from  his  father 
Joshua.  William  C.  commenced  his  career  four  miles  through  the  woods  in  township 
No.  4,  now  Paris,  Me.,  and  clearing  up  land,  after  a  few  years  went  to  Hebron, 
where  he  lived  about  thirty-seven  years.  In  1832  he  moved  to  Norway,  where  he 
died  in  1859.  He  was  a  prominent  business  man,  having  filled  the  offices  of  justice 
<3f  the  peace,  one  of  the  associate  justices  of  the  Court  of  Sessions,  representative 
to  the  General  Court  of  Massachusetts,  high  sheriff  of  the  County  of  Oxford  eight 
years,  selectman  of  the  town  of  Hebron  17  years,  besides  other  offices  of 
honor  and  trust.  He  was  a  live  man,  in  every  sense  of  the  word,  and  never  idle.  He 
was  a  very  capable  and  successful  business  man,  and  amassed  one  of  the  largest 
estates  ever  accumulated  in  that  county.  He  d.  Oct.  6,  1859;  res.  Worcester,  Mass., 
Paris,  Topsham,  Hebron  and  Norway,  Me. 

2133.  i.  Marv  C,  b.  Mar.  7,  1800;  d.  Aug.  25.  1801. 

2134.  ii.         Harriet,  b.  Apr.  9,  1801;  m.  Dr.  Solomon  P.  Cushman,  of  Bruns- 

wick Me.,  and  d.  1843. 

2135.  iii.        Fanny,  b.  Jan.  6,  1803;  m.  Stephen  Cummings.    He  d.  in  Norway, 

Me.,  in  1863;  she  d.  1842. 

2136.  iv.        Sophia  F.,  b.  Oct.  10,  1806;  m.  William  Goddard.  of  Bethel,  Me., 

and  Dec.  7,  1843. 

2137.  v.         William  C,  b.  Nov.  21, 1809;  d,  unm..  Mar.  1861. 

2138.  vi.        Jane  F.,  b.  Oct.  25, 1812;  m.  1838,  James  S.  Greenleaf ;  res.  Norway, 

He  was  b.  Feb.  5,  1814;  d.  Dec.  13,  1860;  was  a  carpenter.  Ch.: 
Chas.  F.,  b.  Sept.  20,  1839;  m.  Euphemia  J.  Bradbury,  Mar.  10, 
1864;  address,  Norway,  Me.;  Helen,  b.  Oct.  28,  1841;  m.  Philo  S. 
Cherry;  address,  Red  Creek,  N.  Y.;  she  was  married  Nov.  5, 
1859;  Solomon,  b.  Jan.  17,  1846;  m.  Susan  Compton,  of  Gifford, 
S.  C,  Apr.  15,  1871;  he  d.  Nov.  2,  1882,  leaving  a  widow  and  two 
children;  Mary  J.,  b.  Apr.  25,  1848;  address,  Norway,  Me.;  unm.; 
Flora,  b.  Oct.  15,  1850;  unm.;  address,  Sedalia,  Mo.;  James,  b. 
Mar.  23,  1853,  d.  May  20,  1884;  unm. 

George  P.,  b.  Aug.  13,  1819;  m.  Ermina  P.  Packard. 

Deborah  P.,  b.  Mar.  22,  1822;  d.  May  27,  1822. 

Sarah  P.,  b.  Mar.  22,  1822;  d.  Apr.  3,  1822. 

Sarah  D.,  b.  June  2, 1824;  d.  July,  1863. 

Edwin,  b.  Sept  8,  1829;  d.  June  19,  1832. 

907.  Joshua  Whitney  (Joshua,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Worcester, 
Mass.,  June  17,  1773.  He  was  born  in  Worcester,  Mass.;  was  a  farmer.  In  1826  he 
resided  in  New  York  State.     It  is  said  he  died  in  Quebec;  res.  m  New  York  State. 

2144.    i.  Isaac,  b. . 

908.  Israel  Whitney  (Joshua,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Worcester, 
Mass.,  Apr.  6,  1781;  m.  in  Worcester,  Feb.  23,  1799,  Lucy  Mahan;  b.  Oct.  18,  1780;  d. 
Dec.  16,  1858.  He  was  born  in  Worcester,  Mass.;  was  a  farmer.  His  will  is  dated 
Mar.  28,  1854,  and  proved  Mar  4,  18.56.  Isaac  Davis  and  Widow  Lucy  were  execu- 
tors.    He  d.  Feb.  1,  1856;  res.  Worcester,  Mass. 

214.5.    i.  John,  b.  Apr.  9,  1820;  m.  Martha  Parks. 

2146.  ii.         Sarah,  b.  June  13,  1800,  m.  Daniel  Goddard.  She  d.  Aug.  21, 1888; 

res.  Worcester,  Mass.     Son  Luther  D.;  res.  Worcester. 

2147.  iii.        Nancy,  b.  Sept.  8,  1802;  m.  Capt.  Bezaleel  White.     She  d.  June  8, 

1854;  res.  Worcester,  Mass.  and  Paris,  Me.  He  was  captain  of 
the  militia  company  that  escorted  Lafayette  from  Worcester  to 
Boston  in  1824.  In  1828  he  removed  to  Maine.  He  d.  June  27, 
1874.  Ch.:  Mary  Ann,  b.  Apr.  30,  1825;  d.  Sept.  30,  1841;  Lucy 
Jane,  b.  June  20,  1827;  m.  Francis  E.  Richards;  res.  Oxford; 
Eunice  M.,  b.  Aug.  20,  1830;  m.  Paul  Weixler;  res.  W.;  Eliza  W.. 
b.  Mar.  7,  1833;  d.  Mar.  4,  1872;  Wttt.  B.,  b.  Aug.  28,  1835,  was 
colonel  in  the  war;  res.  Quincy,  Mass.;  Sarah  J.,  b.  Oct.. 20,  1837; 
d.  Aug.  30,  1854;  Geo.  C,  b.  Apr.  4, 1843. 

2148.  iv.        Mary,  b.  May  2,  1805;  m.  Calvin  Flagg  of  West  Boylston,  1834. 

She  d.  Apr.  20, 1868. 












2149.  V.         Julia,  b.  June  30,  1807;  m.  Jan.  2,  1828,  John  C.  Greenleaf  of  War- 

ner, N.  H.  She  d.  Feb.  10,  1887.  Son  Levi  C.  Greenleaf.  stock 
yards,  Chicago. 

2150.  vi.       Abigail,  b.  Jan.  11,1813;  m.  Jonas  Hartshorn.    She  d.  Mar.  23, 

1862;  res.  Worcester. 

2151.  vii.      Almira,  b.  Feb.  2,  1818;  m.  Nov.  24,  1836,  Loren  H.  Wrisley  of 

Norway,  Me.;  s.  p. 

2152.  viii.     Joshua,  b.  Mar.  30,  1815;    m.  Sept.  28,  1839,  Caroline  Pope.     He 

d.  Mar.  2,  1859,  s.  p.;  res.  Worcester,  Mass. 

2153.  ix.        Eliza,  b.  Jan.  17,  1822;   m.  Jan.  28,  1846.  David  B.  Fiske;   res. 

Framingham,  Mass.  He  was  b.  Aug.  13,  1820.  Ch.:  Sarah 
Emma.  b.  Apr.  15,  1848;  m.  Feb.  11, 1886,  Dr.  Elisha  M.  W^hite  of 
Boston,  who  d.  July  14,  1890;  Ella  Whitney,  b.  Aug.  1.  1850.  Both 
res.  in  F. 

2154.  X.         Lucy  M.,  b.  June  14,  1809;  m.  1832.  Asa  Thayer  of  Paris,  Me.  She 

d.  Jan.  15.  1850. 

914.     Henry  Whitney  (Henry,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown, 
Mass.,  ;  m.  at  Dummerston,  Vt.,  Fanny  Miller;  res.  Dummerston,  Vt. 

2155.  i.  Betsey,  b.  in  1802;  m.  Jan.  24,  1821,  Noble  Holton. 

2156.  ii.         Lydia,  b. ;  m.  Oct.  23,  1828.  Jerry  Perry. 

2167.  iii.  Fanny,  b. ;  m.  June  15,  1829,  Worden  Babcock. 

2158.  iv.  Mary,  b. ;  m.  Wm.  Rice. 

2169.  v.  Hannah,  b. ;  m. Plympton. 

2160.  vi.  Maria,  b. . 

2161.  vii.  Catherine,  b. . 

2162.  viii.  Freedom,  b. . 

2163.  ix.  Lucy.  b. 

2164.  X.        William,  b. . 

2165.  xi.       Henry,  b. . 

2166.  xii.      Charles,  b. . 

920.  Israel  Whitney  (Israel.  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  Watertown, 
Mass.,  Mar.  10,  1775;  m.  at  Needham  Jan.  1,  1799,  Mary  Fuller,  b.  Oct.  16,  1780;  d. 
Jan.  18,  1859.  He  was  postmaster  for  years.  He  d.  July  16,  1846;  res.  Needham, 

2167.     i.  Permelia,  b.  Oct.  14,  1799;  m.  Jan.  24,  1819,  Ira  Allen,  b.  July  11, 

1797.  She  d.  Apr.  25,  1836.  He  was  proprietor  of  a  line  of 
teams  running  between  Pawtucket  and  Providence,  R.  I.  Ch.: 
Emily,  b.  Feb.  23,  1820;  Emily.  2d.  b.  Mar.  14,  1822;  m.  W^m. 
White;  Fanny,  b.  May  8,  1823;  William  Pitt.  b.  Jan.  19,  1832;  m. 
Nov.  3,  1851,  Elizabeth  J.  Pratt,  at  Pawtucket,  R.  I.  Present 
address,  194  Cottage  St.,  Pawtucket,  R.  I.;  his  dau.  is  Emily 
F.;  res.  Boston,  Mass.;  p.  o.  box  2177;  Mary  Frances,  b.  Mar. 
18.  1834;  Frances  Whitney,  b.  Mar.  26,  1836. 

2168.  ii.         Mary  Richards,  b.  June  11,  1802;  m.  Jan.  1,  1866,  Henry  C. 

Snell;  res.  Medway,  Mass.     She  d.  s.  p.  May  31, 1886. 

2169.  iii.        Ann  Frances,  b.  Apr.  13,  1808;  m.  Apr.  20,  1826,  Lemuel  Lyon, 

She  d.  Apr.  9,  1842.  He  was  b.  Feb.  2,  1806;  d.  Yokohama, 
Japan,  Apr.  6,  1871;  was  a  merchant.  Ch.:  Israel  Whitney,  b. 
Apr.  27,  1827,  88  Maiden  Lane,  N.  Y.;  Sarah  Brown,  b.  Oct.  23, 
1828;  Ellen  Frances,  b.  May  23,  1831;  E.  Mary  Maria,  b.  May 
22,  1832;  Levina  Ann,  b.  Dec.  12,  1835;  Lemuel  Elisha.  b.  Oct. 
11.  1837;  Henrv  and  Harriet,  twins,  b.  Sept.  1840. 

2170.  iv.        Levina,  b.  Feb.'  11,  1804;  m.  Mar.  26,  1844,  Stephen  Utley;  m. 

Sept.  26,  1849,  Jonathan  S.  Fuller;  m.  3d  Nov.  12,  1851,  Elisha 
Converse,  of  Palmer.     She  d.  Apr.  21,  1888. 

921.  Israel  Whitney  (Elisha,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John,  John),  b.  at  Beverly, 
Nov.  4.  1797;  m.  there  May  10.  1826.  Mary  Hopkins  Flagg;  b.  July.  1804,  in  Beverly; 
d.  in  Boston,  Aug.  9,  1872. 

Israel  Whitney,  in  his  early  life,  was  a  shipmaster  and  supercargo  in  the  East 
India  trade,  and  sailed  in  the  employ  of  Col.  Israel  Thorndike,  of  Beverly.  "Our 
older  citizens  will  remember  the  burning  of  the  ship  Beverly  at  sea.  in  the  year 
1827,  with  Mr.  Whitney,  supercargo,  the  thrilling  incidents  connected  with  it,  his 


heroic  efforts  to  save  the  burning  ship,  his  coolness  and  bravery,  and  his  great  suffer- 
ings from  exposure  in  an  open  boat  at  sea  for  many  days."  [From  the  Beverly 
Citizen.]  This  account  might  have  added  their  capture  and  imprisonment  as  pirates, 
at  Algiers,  and  Mr.  Whitney's  journey  across  the  desert  to  obtain  ransom  for  his 
companions.  Upon  retiring  from  the  sea  he  became  interested  in  manufacturing, 
and  was  a  member  of  the  firm  of  Stanton,  Nichols  &  Whitney.  Afterwards  he 
became  treasurer  of  the  Lowell  Manufacturing  Corporation,  was  a  director  in  the 
Merchants'  bank  for  thirty  years,  a  director  in  the  National  Insurance  Company  for 
thirty  years,  treasurer  of  the  Cocheco  Manufacturing,  and  one  of  the  leading  officers 
in  the  Boston  Marine  Society.  He  was  also  a  large  buyer  of  cotton  for  the  factories 
which  called  him  to  New  Orleans,  where  he  resided  part  of  the  time  to  facilitate  the 
business  entrusted  to  his  charge.  He  was  a  sagacious  business  man,  his  superior 
business  qualifications  made  him  a  wise  counselor,  and  he  was  called  upon  to  fill 
several  oftices  of  trust.  "  He  was  one  of  those  men,  of  whom  it  may  be  said,  he  had 
not  an  enemy  in  the  world,  or  if  he  bad,  it  must  have  been  one  so  unworthy  and  per- 
verse himself  that  no  man  would  desire  him  for  a  friend."  He  d.  Nov.  12,  1871;  res. 
Lowell  and  Boston,  Mass. 

2171.    i.  Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  25,  1828;  m.  July  19,  1849,  Salem  Towne 

Lamb;  res.  High  Street,  Brookline,  Mass.;  b.  in  Charlton,  Mass., 
Sept.  19,  1821;  d.  Apr.  16,  1883.    Ch.:   Henry  Whitney,  b.  Bos- 
ton, Oct.  13,  1853;   P.  O.  address,  Lamb  &  Ritchie,  Cambridge- 
port,  Mass.;  res.  High  Street,  Brookline,  Mass.;  Augusta  Towne, 
b.  Boston,  Mar.  8,  1855;  P.  O.  address,  High  street,  Brookline, 
Mass.;   Elizabeth  Whitney,  b.  Boston,  Oct.  18,  1859;   m.  Arthur 
Williams,  Jr.,  Brooklme,  June  26,  1888;  P.  O.  address,  Brook- 
line, Mass. 
Israel  G.,  b.  Jan.  30,  1831;  m.  Christiana  K.  S.  Sargent. 
George,  b.  Nov.  1, 1832;  m.  Mary  E.  Rea  and  Elizabeth  Whitney. 
Eunice,  b.  Sept.  22,  1834;  d.  June  15.  1888. 
Stanton,  b.  Sept.  21,  1836;  m.  Alice  R.  Sutton. 
Fred'k,  b.  in  1838;  d.  July,  1840. 
Charles,  b.  Dec.  20,  1840;  m.  Jessie  G.  Perkins. 
Fred'k,  b.  June  22,  1843;  res.  Bos' on. 
Frank,  b.  July  2,  1846;  res.  Boston. 
Mary,  b.  Feb.  22,  1849;  res.  Boston. 

Edward  Farley,  b.  Apr.  26, 1851;  res.  Boston;  address,  43  State 
Street;  in  banking  business;  res.  37  Chestnut  street. 

Michael  Whitney  (Elisha,  Daniel,  Benjamin,  John  John),  b.   Beverly, 
m.  Nancy  Leech;  m.  2d  Elizabeth  Leech.     He  d.  in  1867;  res.  Bev- 

W^M.  Michael,  b.  June  12,  1820;  res.  Beverly.     Dau.  Elizabeth 
m.  George  Whitney. 

Elisha,  b. ;  res.  Beverly. 

Sarah  Ellen,  b. ;  m.  Dr.  Charles  Haddock;  res.  Beverly. 

935.  Rev.  Peter  Whitney  (Aaron,  Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Sept.  6, 
1744;  m.  Mar.  11,  1768,  Julia  Lambert,  dau.  of  William,  of  Reading,  b.  Apr.  9,1742. 

Rev.  Peter  Whitney,  A.  M.,  the  son  of  Rev.  Aaron  Whitney,  was  born  in  Peters- 
ham, Mass.,  Sept.  6.  1744.  After  attending  the  schools  of  his  native  town  he  entered 
Harvard  College,  from  which  institution  he  was  graduated  in  the  class  of  1762. 
When  he  entered  the  university  he  was  only  thirteen  years  and  ten  months  old — an 
age  much  younger  than  but  few  have  entered  since.  One  of  the  first  acts  of  the 
newly  incorporated  town  of  Fitchburg  was  to  note  in  town  meeting,  Nov.  26,  1764, 
"To  have  Sabbath  days  preaching  the  winter  insuing."  It  was  also  voted.  "To 
have  preaching  in  Thomas  Cowdin  s  house,"  and  the  committee  on  preaching  were 
instructed  "to  apply  to  Peter  Whitney."  among  others  Accordingly  the  committee 
applied  to  and  secured  the  Rev.  Peter  Whitney,  who  went  there  and  preached  in  the 
tavern  of  Thomas  Cowdin,  during  the  summer  and  winter.  In  the  year  1766  there 
was  not  any  preaching,  and  the  inhabitants  of  the  town  were  obliged  to  attend  in 
Lunenburg.  In  1767  application  was  made  to  Rev.  Peter  Whitney,  but  having 
recived  a  call  elsewhere,  he  declined.  He  was  ordained  minister  at  Northborough, 
Mass.,  Nov.  4,  1767.  He  was  the  author  of  an  excellent  history  of  Worcester  County 
(Worcester,  1793),  single  sermons  and  papers  in  the  "  Memoirs  of  the  American 
Academy."  He  was  a  very  methodical  man,  always  walking  with  his  wife  to  meeting, 
followed  by  his  ten  children,  always  in  the  exact  order  of  their  age.     He  was  an  easy- 












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going  man,  perhaps  more  absorbed  in  the  political  issues  of  his  day  than  in  direct 
aggressive  work.  We  give  the  following  as  illustrating  a  state  of  things  which  was 
once  a  matter  of  importance,  but  which  has  entirely  passed  away:  A  family  in 
Northboro  lost  a  member,  and  Dr.  Puffer,  of  Berlin,  was  invited  to  officiate  at' the 
funeral.    He  complied,  whereupon  Rev.  Peter  Whitney,  the  minister  of  the  town, 

wrote  that  unless  the  matter  was  satisfactorily  explained, 
all  ministerial  intercourse  must  cease.  This  was  founded 
on  the  fact  that  the  old  parishes  had  territorial  limits,  be- 
yond which  a  minister  was  regarded  as  an  interloper.  Dr. 
Puffer  recognized  this  claim,  but  explained  his  action  in 
this  case  in  such  a  way  that  Mr.  Whitney  was  satisfied, 
and  amicable  relations  were  restored.  The  correspondence 
is  a  fine  specimen  of  precise,  dignified  and  courteous  com- 
position. But  what  a  change  I  No  one  would  think  cf 
restricting  a  protestant  family  in  the  choice  of  a  minister 
on  the  sad  occasion  of  a  funeral.  The  following  notice  of 
Mr.  Whitney  is  quoted  from  the  "  History  of  Northborough," 
by  his  successor,  as  a  just  tribute  to  his  memory:  "Dis- 
tinguished for  the  urbanity  of  his  manners,  easy  and 
familiar  in  his  intercourse  with  his  people;  hospitable  to 
strangers,  and  always  ready  to  give  a  hearty  welcome  to  his 

numerous  friends;  punctual  to  his  engagements;  observing 

EEv.  PETEK  WHITNEY.      an  cxact  method  in  the  distribution  of  his  time;  having  a 

time  for  everything,  and  doing  everything  in  its  time, 
without  hurry  or  confusion;  conscientious  in  the  discharge  of  his  duties  as  a  Christian 
minister;  catholic  in  his  principles  and  in  his  conduct;  always  taking  an  interest  in 
whatever  concerned  the  prosperity  of  the  town  and  the  interests  of  religion — he  was 
for  many  years  the  happy  minister  of  a  kind  and  affectionate  people."  His  will 
was  probated  Sept.  28,  1813.  Nahum  Fay,  Esq.,  of  Northboro,  was  executor,  and  the 
document  mentions  his  wife  Julia;  daughter  Elizabeth;  son  Maj.  Thomas  Whitney; 
son  Rev.  Peter  Whitney;  daughter  Julia,  m.  Capt.  Antipas  Brigham;  daughter  Mar- 
garet, m.  Dr.  Josiah  Adams;  son  Capt.  William  Whitney;  son  Abel  Whitney;  son  John 
Whitney;  son  Aaron  Whitney;  daughter  Sally,  m.  Lemuel  Bracket.  He  d.  Feb.  19, 
1816;  res.  Northboro,  Mass. 

2185.    i.  Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  6,  1775;    m.   in   Quincy,  Mass.,  Ebenezer 

Adams.     She  d.  s.  p.  Sept.  26,  1856. 
Peter,  b.  Jan.  19,  1770;  m.  Jane  Lambert  Lincoln. 
Abel,  b.  Nov.  3,  1781;  m.  Susanna  White. 

Thomas  L.,  b.  Dec.  10,  1768;  m.  Mary  Lincoln.   He  d.  June,  1812. 
John,  b.  Sept.  29,  1785;  m.  Sophia  Vinal. 
Julia,  b.  Aug.  25,  1772;  m.  1799,  Capt.  Antipas  Brigham.     She  d. 

Nov.  29,  1800. 
William,  b.  Dec.  14,  1776;  m.  Zilpah  Eager. 

Julia,  b. ;  d.  in  infancy. 

Aaron,  b.  Aug.  17,  1778.     Went  west. 

Sally,  b.  Nov.  3,  1781;  m.  Jan.  6,  1806,  Lemuel  Brackett,  of 
Quincy.  She  d.  May  3,  1864.  He  was  b.  Sept.  8,  1780;  d.  Feb. 
14,1869.  Was  in  real  estate  business.  Ch.:  Sally  Whitney,  b. 
Jan.  7,  1808;  m.  Jeffrey  Richardson,  of  Boston,  at  Quincv,  Sept. 
16,  1828;  d.  Dec.  2,  1837;  Samuel  Eaton,  b.  Oct.  7,  1806;  m.  in 
Boston  to  Carolina  S.  Callender,  June  11,  1834;  d.  November  3, 
1890;  Rebecca  Richardson,  b.  Mar.  26,  1809;  m.  to  William 
L.  Whitney,  of  Cam.,  at  Quincy,  July  28,  1840;  d.  Dec.  3,  1881; 
James,  b.  Nov.  26,  1810;  m.  to  S.  Elizabeth  Whitney  Jan.  31, 
1856;  d.  Aug.  21,  1827;  Julia  Lambert,  b.  June  18.  1812;  m.  Jef- 
frey Richardson,  June  27,  1839,  at  Quincy;  d.  Mar.  13,  1886; 
Nancy,  b.  Aug.  31,  1813;  unm.;  living;  Jeffrey  Richardson,  b. 
Oct.  27,  1815;  m.  to  Sarah  C.  Richardson,  of  Boston,  Feb.  24, 
1851;  d.  Oct.  26,  1871;  son  of  Samuel  Eaton,  Geo.  C.  Brackett, 
227  Clinton  St.,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.;  dau.  of  Sally,  Mrs.  Charles  F. 
White,  213  Commonwealth  Ave.,  Boston;  dau.  of  Rebecca,  Miss 
Lucy  N.  Whitney,  31  Hawthorne  St.,  Cambridge;  no  children 
of  James;  son  of  Julia  Lambert,  Dr.  William  L.  Richardson,  225 
Commonwealth  Ave.,  Boston;  Nancy,  unm.  and  living;  son  of 
.   Jeffrey,  Jeffrey  R.  Brackett,  10  Madison  St.,  W.  Baltimore,  Md. 




















2195.    X.     .    Margaret,  b.  Feb.  12,  1774;  m.  Dr.  Josiah  Adams,  of  Quincy. 
She  d.  Feb.  3,  1849. 

936.  Dr.  Paul  Whitney  (Aaron,  Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Mar.  23, 
1753,  in  Petersham,  Mass.;  m.  Oct.  2,  1763,  Charlotte  Clapp;  b.  East  Cambridge, 
Mass.,  Jan.  10,  1763.  She  m.  for  her  2d  husb.  Rev.  Martin  Tullar.  She  d.  Apr.  7, 

Dr.  Paul  Whitney,  born  March  23,  1753,  died  Feb.,  1795,  was  the  fifth  son  of 
Rev.  Aaron  Whitney,  one  of  the  earliest  graduates  of  Harvard  College,  who  was  born 
in  Littleton,  March  14,  1714,  and  afterward  settled  in  Petersham,  Dec,  1738,  died 
in  1779.  He  was  a  clergyman  distinguished  in  his  day  and  generation  for  piety  and 
literary  attainments,  and  in  common  with  the  clergy  of  that  time  took  an  active  part 
in  the  stir»-ing  events  prior  to,  and  at  the  time  of  the  breaking  out  of  the  American 
Revolution,  He  was  supposed  to  have  had  an  extensive  correspondence  with  the 
•descendants  of  the  Whitney  family  in  England,  and  to  have  possessed  much  valu- 
able statistical  information  relating  thereto. 


While  this  stone  shall  last,  let  it  commemorate 

Paul  Whitney  A  M  &  M  D 

A  deacon  of  the  church  in  this  place,  who,  March  9th  1795  aged  42  departed  this 

life— a  man  of  an  honest  &  noble  heart,  and  though  without  office,  was  capable  in 

any  office,  of  doing  honour  to  his  Country. 

Columns  and  Urns  but  vainly  show 
A  Scene  of  decorated  woe. 
The  friend  who's  faithful  and  sincere, 
Will  need  no  help  to  force  the  tear. 
Regardless  of  the  labourd  verse. 
It  ffows  spontaneous  o'er  his  hearse. 
And  flow  it  will,  while  virtue's  friend. 
Or  kindred  souls  a  tear  can  lend. 
He  d.  Mar.  9,  1795;  res.  Westfield,  Mass. 

Wm.  Barron,  b.  Aug.  30,  1784;  d  unm.  in  1832. 
Henry,  b.  Apr.  18, 1786;  m.  Nabby  Tullar. 
George,  b.  Jan.  12,  1788;  rev.  to  Maine;  m.,  but  d.  s.  p. 
Paul,  b.  Apr.  16,  1789;  m.  Lucy  Cushing  Stone. 
Charlotte  Clapp,  b.  June  12,  1791;   m.  at  Royalton,  Vt.,  Rev. 
Chester  Wright.     He  was  b.  Hanover,  N.  H.,  was  a  Congrega- 
tional minister;  d.  at  Montpelier,  Vt.,  Apr.  16,  1840.   She  d.  June 
16,  1859.    Ch.:  Jonathan  Edwards,  b.  Mar.  15,  1813;  m.  Fanny 
Wyman  Houghton,  3  ch.;   Charlotte  Whitney,  b.  Mar.  13,  1814; 
Julia,  b.  Jan.  11,  1817;  m.  at  Hardwick,  Vt.,  July  6,  1837.  Joseph 
Wilder  Howes,  b.  Nov.  5,  1813;  d.  at  Boston,  May  13,  1890,  s.  p.; 
res.  Montpelier,  Vt.;  William  Wilberforce;  Eliza  Maria,  b.  Oct. 
8,1819;  Mary.    All  deceased  but  Mrs.  Howes. 
2201.    vi.       Charles  Fred'k,  b.  May  6,  1794;  d.  infancy. 

937.  Major  Abel  Whitney  (Aaron,  Moses,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Peter- 
sham, Mass.,  Mar.  15,  1756;  m.  Dec.  23,  1783,  Clarissa  Dwight,  b.  July  4,  1762;  d.  at 
Northampton  Aug.  22,  1820.  After  his  death  she  was  married  in  1809  to  Calvin 
Waldo,  Esq.,  of  Dalton. 

Mrs.  Whitney  was  an  intelligent  and  lovely  woman,  faithful  to  her  household, 
and  a  patient,  gentle,  earnest  and  careful  mother  and  wife.  After  the  death  of  her 
second  husband  she  resided  with  her  son,  Josiah,  at  whose  house,  in  Northampton,  she 

From  the  Dwight  Book:  "  Major  Abel  Whitney,  a  merchant  of  Westfield,  Mass., 
born  Petersham,  Mass.,  Mar.  15,  1756  (son  of  Rev.  Aaron  Whitney,  of  Littleton,  Mass., 
and  Alice  Baker,  of  Phillipston,  Mass.),  grad.  Harvard  1773,  and  studied  law  with 
Col.  John  Worthington,  but  abandoned  the  pursuit  of  the  profession  on  account  of 
the  troublous  times  of  the  Revolution,  and  entered  into  mercantile  life.  He  was  a 
man  of  more  than  ordinary  talents,  and  held  several  government  offices,  as  commis- 
•sioner  of  taxes,  postmaster,  etc.  He  was  also  a  Major  of  militia  and  aid  to  Gen. 
Sheperd,  who  was  the  commanding  officer  in  Springfield  in  the  battle  had  there  in 
the  Shay's  rebellion.  He  was  a  decidedly  religious  man.  He  m.  Dec.  23,  1783, 
Clarissa  Dwight,  of  Springfield,  b.  July  4,  1762,  dau.  of  Josiah  Dwight  and  Elizabeth 
Buckminster."     He  d.  Mar.  2,  1807;  res.  Westfield,  Mass. 









2202.  i.  Elizabeth  Buckminster,  b.  Jan.  4,  1785,  unm.;  d.  at  Northamp- 

ton, Jan.  31,  1860. 

2203.  ii.         JosiAH  DwiGHT,  b.  July  9,  1786;  m.  Sarah  Williston  and  Clarissa 

To  rri  pc 

2204.  iii.        Clarissa,  b.  Mar.  22,  1788,  unm;  d.  Jan.    24,   1871,   in   North- 


2205.  iv.        Franxes,  b.  Dec.  5.  1789;  m.  Oct.  8,  1810,  Rev.  Horatio  Waldo,  b. 

iMar.  5,  1778;  d.  May  3,  1846.  She  d.  Dec.  26,  1871.  He  was  a 
son  of  Dr.  John  Waldo  and  grad.  at  Williams  College  in  1804, 
was  a  tutor  there  1806-7.  Settled  in  Griswold,  Conn.,  1810-30, 
but  on  account  of  poor  health  resigned  and  removed  to  Portage, 
N.  Y.,  where  he  preached  occasionally.  Ch.:  John,  b.  Aug.  10, 
1811;  m.  Eunice  Flint;  he  d.  Dec.  1,  1868;  Dwight,  b.  Nov.  26, 
1814;  m.  Julia  Ball  and  Juliette  Hitchcock;  Sarah,  b.  June  7, 
1818;  m.  Elmon  D.  Smith;  Frances,  b.  June  24,  1820;  m.  Dr. 
Jas.  S.  Cowdrey;  res.  Lafayette,  Ind.;  Harriett, b.  May  11,  1822; 
m.  Wm.  S.  McNair;  Margaret,  b.  Oct.  28,  1824;  m.  Dr.  Lorin  J. 
Ames;  res.  Mt.  Morris,  N.  Y. 

2206.  V.         A  Son,  b.  Aug.  3,  1791;  d.  same  day. 

2207.  vi.        Fran-CIS,  b.  Oct.  10,  1792,  unm.;  d.  at  N.  Dec.  30,  1863. 

2208.  vii.       Robert,  b.  Aug.  18,  1794;  m.  Margaret  Dwight. 

2209.  viii.     Sarah,  b.  July  8,  1796;  m.   Sept.  5,  1821,  Henry  Marsh,  b.  Feb.  9, 

1797;  d.  June  4,  1852.  The  grandson  of  Dr.  Perez,  grad.  Harvard 
Coll.,  1748.  She  d.  Racine,  Wis.,  Mar.  11,  1883.  He  grad.  Will. 
Coll.  1815;  res.  at  Dalton  and  Pittsfield,  Mass.,  Racine,  Wis., 
Sandusky,  O.,  and  St.  Louis;  m.  at  Northampton,  Mass.  Was 
a  lawyer,  merchant  and  manufacturer.  Ch.:  Henry  Lawrence, 
b.  July  9,  1822;  Rev.  Dwight  Whitney,  b.  Nov.  5,  1823;  Col.  Cal- 
vin Waldo,  b.  Apr.  8,  1825;  Robert,  b.  Apr.  25,  1828;  d.  Dec.  18. 
1828;  Elizabeth  Willard,  b.  Nov.  28,  1829;  d.  Apr.  24.  1882; 
Clarissa  Dwight,  b.  Feb.  4,  1834;  Sarah  Williams,  b.  May  24, 
1836;  d.  May  14,  1841;  Charles  Francis,  b.  Oct.  11,  1842;  all  b.  at 
Dalton  except  C.  F.,b.  at  Pittsfield. 

2210.  ix.       Caroline,  b.  May  10,  1798;  d.  Aug.  21,  1804. 

2211.  X.         Abel,  b.  Mar.  15,  1800;  m.  Pamelia  Babcock  and  Belinda  Baxter 


2212.  xi.       Hannah  Buckminster,  b.  Dec.  28,  1802;  d.  Aug.  12,  1804. 

939.  Aaron  Whitney  (Aaron,  Moses,  Mose^.  Richard,  John),  b.  Petersham, 
Sept.  5,  1746;  m.  1772.  Hannah  Stearnes,  b.  Nov.  14,  1748;  d.  Feb.  1,  1784;  m.  2d 
Sept.,  1784.  Hannah  Willard;  b.  Oct.  14,  1754;  d.  Sept.  28,  1812. 

He  was  the  fourth  son  of  Rev.  Aaron  Whitney,  of  Petersham.  His  first  wife 
was  dau.  of  Rev.  David  Stearnes,  of  Lunenburg.  After  his  death  his  widow  m.  Mar. 
16,  1794,  Asahel  Pomeroy,  of  Northampton,  by  whom  she  had  one  child,  Hannah,  b. 
Jan.  31,  1795,  who  m.  Robert  Edwards.  Aaron  was  a  merchant  in  Northfield,  Mass. 
He  d.  Apr.,  1790;  res.  Northfield,  Mass. 

2213.  iii.       William  Henry,  b.  Jan.  22,  1779;  m.  Clarissa  Wolcott. 

2214.  i.         Aaron  Stearns,  b.  Aug.  27,  1773;  d.  Charleston,  S.  C,  Aug.  6, 


2215.  ii.        Sally  Baker,  b.  Feb.  28,  1775;  m.  Erastus  Barnard;  res.  Canan- 

daigua,  N.  Y.  She  d.  July  15,  1825.  Ch.:  Maria  Augusta,  b. 
Nov.,  1800;  Sally,  b.  Sept.,  1803;  Erastus  Stearns,  b.  May,  1805; 
d.  N.  O.,  La.,  18;34;  Charles  Backus,  b.  Apr.,  1807;  Selah  Eben- 
ezer,  b.  July,  1809;  Ann  Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.,  1812;  David,  b.  June, 
1815;  Manning  Goodwin,  b.  Apr.,  1818. 

2216.  iv.       Nahum  H.,  b.  Aug.  15,  1781;  res.  Vt.;  unm. 

2217.  V.        David  S.,  b.  Dec.  22.  1783;  d.  young. 

2218.  vi.       Susanna  W.,  b.  Sept.  17,  1785;  d.  Jan.,  1786. 

2219.  vii.     Susanna  W.,  b.  Dec.  14,  1786;  m.  Theodore  Lyman;  10  ch.;  see 

Lyman  Gen. 

2220.  viii.     David  S.,  b.  Aug.  22,  1788;  m.  Hannah  H.  Partridge. 

2221.  ix.       Hannah  S.,  b.  Mar.  27,  1777;  m.  Nov.  3,  1798,  Oliver  Sparhawk, 

Esq.,  of  Walpole.  He  was  b.  in  Walpole,  July  16,  1771;  d, 
July  6,  1824;  gr.  Dartmouth  College,  1793,  a  lawyer  and  for 
many  years  clerk  of    the  court.     He  m.  his  cousin,  Hannah 




















Stearnes  Whitney,  who  d.  Aug.  25,1818;  m.  2d  his  cousin,  Sept. 
5,  1819.  Naomi  Sparhawk.     Ch.:    Marietta,  b.  Aug.  12,   1801;  d. 

unm.  Dec.  9,  1840;  Thomas  O.,  b.  16,  1803;  a  druggist; 

res.  Greenfield;  Julianna,  b.  Sept.  4,  1804;  m.  Calvin  Carter; 
res.  Lapeer  Co.,  Mich.;  Hannah  S.,b.  July  22, 1806;  res.  G.;  unm.; 
William,  b.  May  12,  1808;  d.  June  24,  1834;  Lucius  H.,  b.  Oct. 
11,  1810;  d.  June,  1813;  Sarah  Whitney,  b.  Sept.  15,  1812;  m. 
Thomas  S.  Speed;  res.  Bardstown,  Ky.;  she  d.  1843;  3  ch.; 
Rebecca  S.,  b.  Oct.  20,  1814;  d.  Oct.  14,  1833;  Sophia  Ann,  b. 
Dec.  4,  1816;  d.  Elba,  Mich..  Oct.  13.  1844. 

946.  Jacob  Whitney  (Abraham.  Abraham.  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  July  7, 
1754;  m.  in  Bolton,  Sept.  30,  1779.  Esther  Walcott,  of  Bolton;  b.  Mar.  5,  1761;  d.  Dec. 
18,  1837.  He  served  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  in  the  Bolton  company,  under  Capt. 
Sargent.     He  d.  Oct.  24. 1844;  res.  Stow.  Mass. 

■  Jacob,  b.  Oct.  8.  1787;  m.  Maria  Goldsmith. 

Levi,  b.  Nov.  11,  1780;  has  son  Charles  in  California. 

Keziah,  b.  Nov.  11,  1782;  m. Page;  res.  New  Salem,  Mass. 

josiAH.  b.  June  11,  1785;  d.  Aug.  10,  1823. 
Jesse,  b.  Jan.  26.  1790;  m.  Rebecca  Newell. 
Abraham,  b.  Jan.  6.  1794;  d.  Oct.  16.  1815. 
Lydia,  b.  Aug.  5,  1796. 

Isaac,  b.  Dec.  4,  1798;  m.  Marcia  J.  Barclay. 

Eunice,  b.  Nov.  8,  1807;  m.  Eliakam  Hutchings,  of  Westford. 
Mass.  Ch.:  Whitney,  res.  Templeton.  Mass.;  Milo.  res.  Bille- 
rica;  Carrie,  m.  Emery  J.  Whitney;  res.  Littleton,  Mass.;  New- 
ton; res.  Lowell,  Mass. 

948.  Dea.  Isaac  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Stow,  Feb.  1,  1749;  m.  May  12,  1774.  Lucy  Mead,  of  Boxboro.  He  d.  Apr.  29,  1815; 
res.  Stow  and  Harvard,  Mass. 

2231.  i.         Polly  or  Mary,  b.  Dec.  13, 1779;  m.  Cyrus  Whitney,  s.  of  Isaiah. 


2232.  ii.        Moses,  b.  Feb.  14,  1782;  m.  Lucv  Gates. 

2233.  iii.       Susan,  b.  Mar.  26.  1785;  m.  Apr.  16,  1807,  Phineas  Conant,  of  Stow. 

He  was  born  in  Stow,  Mass.,  in  1783.  and  resided  there  until 
1827,  when  he  moved  to  Maine,  and  in  1836  to  Constantia,  N.  Y., 
where  he  died  July  18, 1842.  He  was  selectman  and  postmaster 
tor  years.  Ch.:  Daniel  Gates,  b.  Jan.  17,  1808;  d.  young;  Jona- 
than Newell,  b.  Aug.  13,  1810;  m.  Sarah  Jewell;  res.  W.  Vienna, 
N.  Y.;  prominent  citizen;  been  postmaster  and  justice  of  the 
peace  for  22  years;  Charles,  b.  July  5,  1812;  Andrew,  b.  May  18, 
1814;  m.  Ann  B.  Jewell;  res.  Rock  Island,  111. 

2234.  iv.       Asa  Willard,  b.  Apr.  24,  1787;  m.  Abigail  Whitcomb. 

2235.  V.        Clarissa,  b.  Oct.  28,  1795;  d.  childhood. 

2236.  vi.       Isaac,  b.  Apr.,  1775;  m.  Mary  Hill  and  Hannah  Haskell. 

949.  Capt.  Abraham  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Moses,  Richard,  John), 
b.  Stow,  Jan.  7,  1752;  m.  Mav  10,  1780,  Hitty  Ware,  b.  Aug.  3,  1758;  d.  Sept.  25,  1793; 
m.  2d,  Sarah  Whitman,  b.  1760;  d.  Mar.  29,  1795;  m.-3d,  Nov.  13,  1796,  Catherine 
Wood,  b.  1766;  d.  Apr.  7,  1802;  m.  4th,  Mrs.  Sarah  (Conant)  Jewell,  widow  of  Ezra 
Jewell,  b.  Dec  4,  1762;  d.  July  21.  1855. 

Capt.  Abraham  Whitney  was  a  native  of  Stow,  Mass.,  and  resided  there  until 
1805,  when  he  moved  to  Waterford,  Me.  At  one  time  he  was  high  sheriff  of  Mid- 
dlesex County.  On  settling  in  Maine  he  erected  a  grist  mill  in  1810,  and  that  year 
was  elected  one  of  the  selectmen  of  W.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army,  prob- 
ably in  the  company  from  Bolton,  Apr.  10,  1818;  he  was  granted  a  pension  from 
Kennebec  Co.,  Me.,  when  76  years  of  age.  He  d.  Waterford,  Me.,  1814;  res.  Stow, 
Mass..  and  Waterford,  Me. 

Nabby.  b.  Nov.  12.  1780;  m.  Mar.  9,  1803,  James  Williams. 

Rhoda,  b.  Dec.  3.  1782;  d.  Jan.  4,  1785. 

Sally,  b.  Dec.  10,  1783;  m.  Bancroft  Williams. 

Joseph,  b.  Jan.  16,  1787;  d.  Dec.  13,  1789. 

Lucy.  b.  July  23,  1790. 

John,  b.  Oct.  14,  1792. 

Wetherbee,  b.  Feb.  12,  1795;  d.  June  22,  1796. 


























2244.  viii.      Jonathan,  b. ;  m.  Abigail  Brooks. 

2245.  ix.        Catherine,  b.  in  Waterford,  Me.,  July  12,  1804;  m.  1825,  Joseph 

M.  Thompson,  b.  1804,  res.  Gorham,  N.  H.,  prop.  Glen  House. 
She  d.  1889.  Ch.:  Caroline  E.,  m.  Joseph  R.  Lafkin;  Abraham 
W.,  m.  Frances  E.  Stevens;  Charles  M.,  m.  Annette  E.  East- 
man; Geo.  F.;  Harriett  N.,  m.  Stephen  H.  Cummings. 

2246.  X.         Abraham,  b.  Sept.  16,  1805;  m.  Mary  A.  Hopkins. 

2247.  xi.        Cristopher,  b.  Dec.  5,  1806;  m.  Dolly  Brooks. 

959.  Jonas  Whitney  (Jonas,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  May  3,. 
1756;  m.  Relief  Holt. 

He  was  a  member  of  the  company  commanded  by  Capt.  David  Moore,  from 
Bolton,  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  and  participated  in  the  reoccupation  of  Rhode 
Island,  Oct.  25,  1779.  On  his  return  home  the  following  year,  1780,  he  was  elected 
one  of  the  town  committee  on  correspondence  and  safety.  In  1786  he  was  elected 
selectman.  With  four  others  he  built  the  first  aqueduct  in  Harvard,  in  Nov.,  1796,. 
laying  wood  pipes  to  carry  water  to  his  residence  from  a  spring  near  by.  Jonas 
Whitney's  widow's  dower:  She  is  appointed  and  authorized  on  oath  to  appraise  all 
the  real  estate  whereof  Jonas  Whitnev,  late  of  Harvard,  deceased,  left,  and  to  set  off 
to  the  widow.  Relief  Whitney,  her  thirds,  Feb.  4, 1804.  He  d.  Nov.  26, 1803;  res.  Har- 
vard, Mass. 

Zebudah,  b.  Feb.  28,  1782. 

Jonas,  b.  June  10,  1784;  d.  Norfolk,  Va.,  Sept.  23,  1807. 

Nabbv,  b.  Mar.  25,  1786;  d.  unm. 

R.ACHEL,  b.  Apr.  17,  1788;  m. Russell. 

Sally,  b.  Oct.  26,  1789;  m.  John  Ellis. 

Levi,  b.  Aug.  23,  1793;  m.  Mary  .     She  d.  1889.     He  kept 

the  Commercial  Coffee  House  in  Boston,  Mass. 

2254.  vii.       Relief,  b.  Nov.  4,  1799;  m.  Oct.  31,  1826,  Gillum  Barnes,  b.  Mar. 

5,  1800;  he  d.  Mar.  11,  1884;  she  d.  Feb.  25,  1870.  Ch.:  Francis 
Gillum, b.  Aug.  5, 1829;  m.  Lydia  J.  Coombs,  Mar.  1, 1854;  d.  May 
31,  1888;  George  Henry,  b.  July  8,  1831;  m.  Georgiannia  Hart- 
well,  Oct.  31,  1855;  P.  O.  address,  Brighton,  Mass.;  Luther 
^  Edward,  b.  Feb.  2,  1834;  m.  H.  Louisa  Hale,  Jan.  10,  1861;  d. 
Nov.  21,  1869;  Theodore  Loring,  b.  July  5,  1836;  d.  Apr.  4,  1864; 
Mary  Metcalf.b.  Mar.  25,  1839;  m.  Horace  Blaney,  June  28, 1866, 
P.  O.  address,  Georgetown,  Fla.;  Levi  Whitnev,  b.  Feb.  4,  1841;. 
m.  Laura  E.  Cook,  Dec.  25,  1863;  d.  Sept.  5,  1869. 

2255.  viii.      Sophronia,  b.  Sept.  3.  1802;  m.  John  Ellis. 

2256.  ix.        Infant,  b. ;  d.  Aug.  4,  1780. 

961.  Lieut.  Salmon  Whitney  (Jonas,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,. 
Feb.  16,  1760;  m.  Hepsabeth  Raymond,  b.  1761.  d.  Dec.  6,  1850.  She  made  her  will 
Nov.  10,  1845.     It  was  probated  Jan.  7,  1857. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard,  where  he  always  resided,  was  a  farmer,  and  when  the 
Revolutionary  war  broke  out  he  enlisted  at  once.  The  first  record  of  his  enlistment 
that  has  been  found  was  July  10,  1776,  for  8  months'  service  at  Dorchester  Heights  in 
Capt.  Sawyer's  Co.,  from  Lancaster.  In  1777  he  was  in  Capt.  Joseph  Sergeant's  Co.,, 
from  Princeton,  in  Col.  Steam's  Regt.,  for  service  in  Rhode  Island.  In  1780  he  was 
a  Lieut,  in  the  company  of  Capt.  Wm.  Scott.  He  was  then  20  years  of  age,  and  5 
feet  7  inches  in  height. 

On  his  memorial  tablet  in  the  Harvard  Cemetery  are  these  lines,  which  are. 
much  admired: 

"As  for  me,  I  will  behold  thy  face  in  righteousness. 
I  shall  be  satisfied  when  I  awake  in  thy  likeness." 

He  d.  in  1844;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

Salmon,  b.  Jan.  31,  1788;  m.  Eliza  Sumner  and  Alsa  P.  Pond. 
Ephraim,  b.  June  12,  1791;  Dr.  and  d.  Apr.  1846;  res.  Cambridge 

St.,  Boston,  Mass. 
John,  b.  Sept.  1,  1803;  m.  Mary  A.  Jewett. 
Justin,  b.  July  24,  1801;  m.  Mary  C.  Cotton. 
Nathan,  b.  Aug.  1,  1793;  m.  Nancy  Farwell. 
PERSis,b.  Aug.  12,  1796;  m.  Jan.  2,  1822,  Simeon  Wetherbee,  of 

Boxboro;  had  dau.  Caroline  R.    She  d.  Nov.  1. 1868,  at  Boxboro^ 














962.  Joel  Whitney  (Jonas,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Mass., 
Oct.  15, 1762;  m.  in  Rindge,  N.  H.,  1786,  Lydia  Willard;  b.  Harvard,  Mar.  6,  1786;  d. 
Jan.  8,  1856,  in  Sublette,  111. 

While  in  the  employ  of  Rev.  Seth  Payson  at  Rindge,  N.  H.,  he  met  his  future 
wife,  who  was  a  member  of  the  minister's  family.  She  was  smart,  active,  intelli- 
gent, and  unusually  neat.  She  was  a  devout  Christian,  and  the  marriage  was  a  happy 
one.  Mr.  Whitney  served  in  the  army  during  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the  Massa- 
chusetts Continental  line,  and  during  the  latter  part  of  his  life  drew  a  pension  from 
Nov.  24,  1832.  He  also  served  in  the  war  of  1812.  Those  who  knew  him  say  his 
word  was  as  good  as  his  bond.     He  d.  Feb.  1,  1842;  res.  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H. 

2263.  i.  LvDiA,  b.  Oct.  21,  1787;  m.  May  23,  1817,  Abial  Foster.  He  was 
born  in  Tewksbury,  and  enlisted  in  the  Continental  army  when 
but'  sixteen  years  of  age  and  remained  in  active  service  until  its 
close.  He  was  wounded  in  the  leg  by  a  bullet  which  he  carried 
through  life.  During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  was  captured 
by  the  British  and  taken  as  a  prisoner  of  war  to  England.  He 
was  subsequently  exchanged  and  returned  to  this  country.  He 
drew  a  pension  from  the  government,  and  Amos  A.  Parker,  aged 
101  years  (now  1893),  the  oldest  living  college  graduate,  has  a 
receipt  signed  by  Abial  Foster.  She  died  Sept.,  1846,  in  Fitch- 
burg,  Mass.  He  res.  in  Tewksbury,  Mass.,  and  was  b.  June  25, 
1763;  d.  Jan.  25,  1832.  Ch.:  Daniel  Whitney,  b.  June  16.  1818;  d. 
unm.,  Mav  17,  1844;  Julia,  b.  Sept.  5,  l!^20;  m.  Oct.  12,  1840,  Jonas 
Brooks  of  Dublin,  N.  H.;  had  7  ch.,  and  d.  Feb.  10,  1890; 
Zebuda,  b.  Dec.  12,  1822;  m.  Samuel  Whitney  (see);  Willard,  b. 
.  Dec.  18,  1825,  n.  f.  k. 
Lemuel,  b.  July  7,  1789;  d.  unm.  in  1862,  Deerfield,  Mass. 

Joel,  b.  Feb.  29,  1792;  m. . 

Jesse,  b.  Nov.  8,  1794;  m. 













Daniel,  b.  May  9,  1797;  d.  in  Boston,  Mass.,  1817. 
Grata,  b.  Mar.  25,  1801;  m.  Benjamin  B.  Morse. 
Willard,  b.  Feb.  13, 1804;  d.  Apr.  7,  1825. 

963.  Israel  Whitney  (Jonas,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Jan.  16,  1767,  in 
Harvard;  m.  there  Mar.  30,  17^8,  Susannah  Gerrv;  b.  Harvard,  Apr.  10,  176y;d.  North 
Hero,  Vt.,  Feb.  11,  1848. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard,  Worcester  Co.,  Mass.;  worked  on  his  father's  farm. 
Soon  after  his  marriage  he  moved  to  Littleton,  Mass.,  then  to  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.;and 
soon  after  a  short  residence  in  Sudbury  to  North  Hero,  Vt.,  where  he  afterward 
resided.  He  d.  Feb.  12,  1842;  res.  Littleton,  Mass.;  Fitzwilliam,  N.  H.,  and  Sudbury 
and  North  Hero,  Vt. 

2270.  i.  Israel,  b.  Littleton,  May  31,1790;  d.  unm.,  killed  by  a  falling  tree, 

at  North  Hero,  Vt.,  in  1816. 

2271.  ii.         Susannah,  b.  Sept.  24,  1792;  m.  John  Darrow  of  Alburgh,  Vt.;  b. 

;  m.  Lucien  Clark;  res.  Dickinson,  N.  Y. 

2272.  iii.        Betsey,  b.  July  26,  1794;  m.  Sept.,  1816,  Aaron  Davis  of  Bradford, 

\t.  He  was  a  shoemaker.  Ch.:  Levi  W.,  b.  Julv  1,  1817,  North 
Hero,  Grand  Isle  Co.,  Vt.;  m.  Oct.  12,  1843;  res.  Pittsford,  N.  Y.; 
Nelson,  b.  Aug.,  1818,  North  Hero,  Vt.;  Loren,  b.  Aug.,  1820, 
North  Hero,  Vt.  Loren  died  at  Lone  Rock,  Wis.,  1863;  do  not 
know  the  address  of  any  of  his  children.  (Nelson's,  Oconto, 
Wis.)  There  were  five  of  the  Hazen  children:  Harris,  Harriet,. 
Harvey,  Dan,  Josephus.  Harris,  Harriet,  Josephus  died  in  Can- 
ada; Harvey  is  in  Dickinson,  N.  Y.;  Dan  in  Burlington,  Vt. 

Peter,  b.  Aug.  16,  1799;  m.  Lucina  Fisk  and  Laura  Farr. 

Gary,  b. ;  m.  Patty  Hazen. 

Levi,  b. ;  d.  at  North  Hero,  unm. 

LucENA,  b.  May  10,  1809;  m.  Sept.,  1827;  Daniel  Hazen  of  North 
Hero.  He  was  b.  Mar.,  1800;  d.  Mar.  30,  1828.  She  m.  2d,  Jan., 
1837,  Ralph  Hazen.  She  d.  Aug.  27,  1867.  Ch.:  Daniel,  b.  Aug. 
13,  1827;  m.  Sept.  8,  1852,  Laura  Ann  Kinsley;  res.  Hiawatha, 
Kan.;  Cevlon,  b.  May  9, 18:^;  m.  July,  1857,  Jennette  Roach;  res. 
Rolf,  la.;' Ann  Augusta,  b.  Sept.  12,  1840;  d.  Oct.  12. 1850. 

2277.  viii.     Abigail,  b. ;  m.  Henry  H.  Hazen  of  North  Hero.    Ch.:  Sum- 
ner L.,b. ;  m. ;  res.  Malone,  N.  Y. 

2278.  ix.        Sealand,  b.  Nov.  2,  1799;  m.  Sybil  Landon. 




















965.  Levi  Whitney  (Jonas,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard  June  23, 
1751;  m.  Sept.  12,  1772,  Sarah  Lawrence;  d.  Oct.  19,  1783;  m.  2d,  Dec.  25,  1783,  Hepsi- 
beth  Fay,  or  Westboro,  Oct.  1,  1759.  At  the  time  of  his  marriage  he  resided  in  Con- 
cord. He  d.  in  1786;  res.  Concord  and  Westminster,  Mass.,  Rindge  and  Marlboro, 
N.  H. 

2279.  i.  Sarah,  b.  June  12,  1774. 

2280.  ii.         Lydia,  b.  May  20,  1776;  m.  in  1796  Tarrant  Cutler.     He  was  b. 

Sept.  10,  1770,  and  d.  at  Royalston  in  1841.  Ch.:  Sarah,  b.  Apr. 
19,  1798;  m.  Benj.  Heywood;  Melinda,  b.  Mar.  16,  1880;  m. 
Abijah  Richardson;  m.  2d  Benoni  Peck;  John,  b.  Oct.  13,  1802; 
m.  Elizabeth  Jacobs;  res.  Exeter,  Me.;  Lysander,  General,  b. 
Feb.  16, 1807;  m.  Catherine  Bassett;  res.  Milwaukee,  Wis.;  Lydia, 
b.  Mar. 27, 1809;  Levi,b.  Aug.7, 1811;  m.  PriscillaTibbetts;  m.2d 
Sarah  Hill;  m.  3d  Ann  S.  Hogeboom;  res.  Ghent,  N.  Y.;  Tarrant, 
b.  Sept.  8, 1813;  res.  Fitchburg,  Mass.;  George,  b.  July  20, 1815;  m. 
Mary  Howe;  res.  Bangor,  Me.;  Otis,  b.  Oct.  17,  1817;  res.  Port- 
land, Me. 

Levi,  b.  May  12,  1778;  d.  Dec.  1, 1780. 

John,  b.  Aug.  26,  1780. 

Betsey,  b.  Apr.  5, 1783. 

Levi,  b.  Sept.  28,  1784;  m.  and  res.  Plymouth,  Vt. 

Amos,  b.  1786;  m.  Sophia  Harris. 

967.  Judge  Lemuel  Whitney  (Ephraim.  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Petersham,  Mass.,  Oct.  18,  1764;  m.  there  Sept.  6,  1787,  Lydia  Bryant;  b.  in  1767;  d. 
May  27,  1800,  in  Springfield,  Mass. 

Hon.  Lemuel  Whitney  was  born  in  Petersham,  Mass.  He  moved  to  Vermont  in 
1785,  and  first  resided  at  Newfane,  where  he  was  sheriff  of  the  county  and  one  of  the 
prominent  men  in  that  part  of  the  state.  By  trade  he  was  a  silversmith.  In  1790  he 
moved  to  Brattleboro,  and  at  once  took  a  leading  part  in  the  affairs  of  that  place. 
For  ten  years  he  was  representative;  from  1801  to  1824  clerk  of  the  Supreme  Court; 
1801  to  1820  clerk  of  the  county;  1817  to  1828  judge  of  probate;  1790  to  1847  justice  of 
the  peace.  He  was  retentive  in  memory,  frank,  tree  and  fearless  in  the  expression 
of  his  sentiments.     He  d.  Apr.  17,  1847;  res.  Petersham,  Mass.,  and  Brattleboro,  Vt. 

Samuel,  b.  May  23,  1791;  m.  Amelia  Hyde.' 

Harry,  b.  P.,  Sept.  2,  1789. 

George,  b. . 

Lemuel  b. . 

Susan,  b.  P.,  Nov.  22,  1787;  m. Ellis,  and  left  3  children. 

Laura,  b.  1796;  d.  in  Woodstock,  in  1875,  unm.    She  was  blind. 

969.  Samuel  Winslow  Whitney  (Ephraim,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b. 

Petersham,  Mass.,  Dec.  17,  1769;  m. .      He  d.  in  1852;  res.  Brattleboro, 

Vt.,  and  Malone,  N.  Y. 

2292.     i.         Edward  Winslow,  b.  in  1801;  m.  Lavinia  Bruce  Bemis. 

970.  John  Whitney  (Ephraim,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Petersham, 
Mass.,  July  1,  1760;  m.  Nov.  8,  1787,  Hannah  Bigelow;  b.  1768;  d.  Aug.  8,  1828. 

He  was  born  in  Petersham,  Mass.,  and  moved  to  Newfane  on  a  farm.  Later  he 
moved  to  West  Dummerston,  where  he  followed  farming  and  ever  after  resided.  He 
d.  Oct.  13,  1849;  res.  Newfane  and  Dover,  Vt.,Coleraine,  Mass.,  and  West  Dummers- 
ton, Vt. 

RuFUS,  b.  Aug.  28,  1793;  m.  Lois  Miller. 

Daniel  Bigelow,  b.  Mar.  1802;  m.  Lucretia  Fletcher. 

Mary,  b.  July  7,  1796;  d.  unm.  Oct.  14,  1826. 

Sarah,  b. . 

Arad,  b.  1790;   m.  and  left  two  daus.,  Mrs.  Mary  A.  Smith  and 

Louisa;  res.  Glens  Falls,  N.  Y. 
Ephraim,  b.  Feb.  26,  1805;  m.  Mary  Ann  Dennison. 
Levi,  b.  Dec.  18,  1791;  d.  unm.  at  Dummerston,  Apr.,  1861. 

Richard,  b. . 

John,  b.  Apr.  29,  1800;  m.  Sarah  Wilson,  and  d.  Oct.  12,  1844.    Ch.: 
Geo.  T.,  b.  Nov.  8,  1840;  d,  in  army  during  the  Civil  war;  Will- 
iam G.,  b.  Mar.,  1843;  d.  in  army  during  the  Civil  war. 
2302.    X.        Hannah,  b.  Sept.  24, 1798;  d.  unm.  Dec.  23, 1842. 































2303.  xi.       Augustus,  b.  May  20,  1788.     He  was  m.  and  left  several  ch.,  one 

of  whom  was  Richard. 

■  976.    Abel  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,  Mass., 
Sept.  19,  1762;  m. ;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

2304.  i.  Abel,  b.  in  1786;  m.  Abigail  H.  Townsend. 

977.  Simon  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
June  28,  1766;  m.  in  Petersham,  Mar.  20,  1783,  Lucy  Hammond,  of  Newton,  dau.  of 
Enoch,  b.  Petersham,  Dec.  24. 1766;  d.  1846. 

May  20,  1824,  Oliver  and  the  widow  Lucy,  were  appointed  executors  of  Simon's 
will.  In  it  were  mentioned,  wife  Lucy,  sons  Oliver,  Lewis  and  John  Whitney,  daus. 
Nancy  Whitney  and  Julia  Ann  Whitney,  son  Timothy,  daus.  Lucy  Bryant,  Betsey 
Bowker,  sons  Simon  and  George.     He  a.  Mar.  12,  1826;  res.  Petersham,  Mass. 

2305.  i.  Oliver,  b.  Aug.  14,  1783;  d.  unm.  in  P.,  Apr.  10,  1866. 

2306.  ii.  Lucy,  b.  May  17,  1791;  m.  at  Essex,  \'t.,  Amasa  Bryant.     Shed. 

at  Essex,  Jan.  16,  1876.  He  was  b.  Oct.  18, 1791;  d,  Aug.  12, 1861 
res.  Essex,  \'t.;  he  was  a  prominent  citizen  and  farmer.  Ch. 
Charlotte  Eliza,  b.  July  7,  1825;  m.  Nov.  1,  1849,  Hiram  R.  Prate 
res.  Colorado  Springs,  Col.;  Ellen  Amelia,  b.  July  23,  1834;  m 
Nov.  27,  1856,  Enoch  Howe;  res.  Burlington,  Vt. 

2307.  iii.        Nancy,  b.  Apr.  29,  1786;  d.  Sept.  12,  1786. 

2308.  iv.       Timothy,  b.  Apr.  2,  1789;  m.  Lucy  Bryant. 

2809.  V.  Betsey,  b.  Dec.  19,  1793;  m.  Nov.  10,  1814,  John  Bowker,  b.  Mar. 
10,1791;  d.  Jan.  22,  1871.  She  d.  Jan.  17,  1844.  Farmer;  res. 
Petersham,  Mass.  Ch.:  John,  b.  Aug.  6,  1816;  d.  Aug.  6,  1815; 
Eliza,  b.  Aug.  27,  1817;  m.  Apr.  2.  18.38.  Wm.  Willard  Loring; 
res.  Barre,  Mass.;  Henry,  b.  Nov.  8,  1818;  m.  Apr.  19,  1843, 
Sarah  Davis;  res.  Greenfield,  Mass.;  Laura,  b.  Sept.  23,  1820;  m. 
Apr.  27,  1842,  Dexter  Cheney;  res.  Athol  Center,  Mass.;  John,  b. 
July  8,  1822;  d.  July  17,  1822;  Ellen,  b.  Feb.  14,  1824;  m.  Feb. 
20,  1844,  John  W.  Bryant;  res.  Orange,  Mass.;  Mary,  b.  Nov.  20, 
1826;  d.  Nov.  20,  1825;  Lewis,  b.  Feb.  25,  1827;  d.  Aug.  2,  1832; 
Amelia,  b.  May  31,  1829;  d.  Jan.  30,  1831;  Lucia,  b.  June  10. 
1831;  d.  Dec.  8,  1837;  Mary  Frances,  b.  Mar.  21,  1835;  d.  Apr.  4, 

2310.  vi.        Simon,  b.  Nov.  25,  1795;  m.  Sarah  Holmes. 

2311.  vii.       George,  b.  Feb.  12,  1800;  m.  Lucy  Kellogg,  Mrs.  Emeline  Tyler, 

and  Mrs.  Caroline  Walton. 

2312.  viii.      Lewis,  b.  June  12,  1803;  m.  Pamelia  V.  Day. 

2313.  ix.        John,  b.  Dec.  11,  1806;  m.  Harriett  F.  Bruce. 

2314.  X.         Julia  Ann,  b.  Sept.  6,  1807;    m.  Sept.  26,  1830.  Eleazer  Metcalf 

Wilson,  b.  July  25,  1804;  d.  Dec.  24,  1890,  in  Pembroke,  N.  H. 
She  d.  Nov.  4.  1869.  Ch.:  Helen  M..  b.  Nov.  8,  1832;  res.  Pem- 
broke, N.  H.;  Julia  F..  b.  Nov.  11,  1834;  m.  Chas.  E.  Eaton;  res. 
S.  Worthington  St..  Boston,  Mass.;  he  d.  Oct.  7,  1886;  Georgi- 
ana,  b.  Dec.  12,  1836;  m.  Frank  P.  Reed;  res.  Pembroke; 
Charles  E.,  b.  May  6,  1839;  d.  May  1868;  Catherine  S.  C,  b. 
Oct.  3,  1842;  m.  Frank  D.  Abbott:  res.  Concord,  N.  H.;  John  M.. 
b.  Dec.  26,  1849;  d  Dec,  188Ji. 

2315.  xi.        Nancy,  b.  Apr.  21,  1787;  d.  unm.  Mar.  6,  1846. 

2316.  xii.       Amory,  b.  Sept.  26,  1797;  d.  Sept.  12,  1800. 

979.  Peter  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Apr.  20,  1760;  m.  Mary  Blair;  d.  Mar.  11,  1826.  He  was  a  tailor  and  resided 
at  Chester,  where  he  conducted  his  business.  Was  buried  in  Huntington.  He  d. 
Mar  6,  1826;  res.  Chester,  Mass. 

George,  b.  May  20,  1806;  m.  Amanda  M.  Henry. 
Solomon  Blair,  b.  in  1785;  m.  Mary  Dear. 

Hezekiah,  b. ;  res.  Huntington,  Mass. 

Theodore,  b. ;  m.  Manila  Ann  Avery. 

Eliza,  b.  Sept.  20,  1804;  m.  Aug.  19,  1828,  John  Wells  Loomis.  b. 
May  23.  1806.     He  was  a  manufacturer  of  tobacco  and  cigars; 
res.  Suffield,  Conn.     She  d.  there  Mar.  22,  1871. 
Laura,  b. . 













2323.  vii.       Nancy,  b.  Chester;  m.  at  Salisbury,  Conn.,  Elisha  Avery;  was  a 

farmer  and  d.  at  Montgomery,  Mass. 

2324.  viii.     Polly,  b. ;  m.  Francis  Harwood;  res.  Huntington,  Mass. 

980.  Silas  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Petersham, 
Apr.  29,  1762;  m.  at  Stockbridge,  Mass.,  Oct.  4,  1789,  Mamre  Bradley,  b.  1765,  d.  Apr. 
20, 1835. 

Silas  Whitney  was  a  farmer  and  followed  agricultural  pursuits  all  his  life.  He 
was  honest  and  much  respected  and  beloved  by  his  fellow  citizens  in  Stockbridge. 
He  d.  Apr.  11,  1807;  res.  Stockbridge.  Mass. 

2.325.    i.         Abigail  Tarbox  Pepoon,  b.  ■ ;  d.  unm. 

2326.  ii.         Harriett,  b.  Feb.  9. 1793;  m.  at  Stock.  Elisha  Curtis.    He  was 

b.  July  15,  1789;  d.  Aug.  28,  1840;  was  a  merchant.  Ch.:  William 

Brown;    res.  New  Rochelle,   N.  Y.;    Silas   Whitney,  d. ; 

Catherine,  d.  Dec.  12,  1828,  ae.  9;  Mary  Mamre,  d.  Apr.  22,  1885, 

ae.  61;    George  Elnathan,  d. ;    Robert  Galpin,  d.  — ; 

Henry  Elisha. 

2327.  iii.       George,  b.  Jan.  6,  1795;  m.  Parmela  F.  Fenn. 

2328.  iv.        William,  b. ;  m.  Anna  Jones. 

2329.  V.         Cornelia,  b. — ;  m.  Luke  Ashburner.   He  was  b.  in  England. 

They  had  one  son,  William,  who  m.  Emeline  Field,  dau.  of 
Stephen,  one  of  the  Field  family  in  Stockbridge.  He  d.  in 
California  in  1891,  s.  p.  The  widow  res.  at  1014  Pine  St.,  San 
Francisco,  Cal.  "William  was  appointed  by  the  President  of  the 
U.  S.  in  1864  as  a  Stale  Commissioner  to  manage  lands. 

2330.  vi.        Mary,  b.  — ;  d.  unm. 

2331.  vii.      Charlotte,  b. ;   m.   Hon.    James    Fowler,    of   Westfield, 

Mass.;  his  second  wife.    She  d.  s.  p. 

981.  Timothy  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Petersham, 
Mass.,  Apr.  22,  1766;  m.  Lois  Baker;  b.  May  30,  1770;  d.  Mar.  2,1826;  m.  2d  Mrs. 

Timothy  Whitney  was  born  in  Petersham,  Mass.,  but  moved  to  Lanesborough 
early  in  life.  He  had  all  his  children  by  his  first  wife,  Lois  Baker.  He  was  a  medium 
sized  man,  rather  stocky  in  his  old  age,  bald-headed,  blue-eyed,  very  amiable,  and 
fond  of  children,  jolly,  popular,  and  respected.  He  was  the  chief  merchant  in  Lanes- 
borough  and  postmaster  for  many  years;  also  Register  of  Deeds  for  Berkshire  Co. 
He  was  a  fine  penman,  accurate,  and  methodical.  Was  a  prominent  member  of  the 
Congregational  church.  He  d.  Feb.  14, 1.541 ;  res.  Petersham,  Otis,  and  Lanesborough, 

2332.  iii.        Richard,  b.  Aug.  2,  1800;  m.  Clarissa  Tower. 

2333.  i.  Silas,  b. ;  d.  voung;  unm. 

2334.  ii.         Sophia,  b.  Feb.  18,"  1796;  m.  Henry  Hubbard.     She  d.  Sept.  9, 

1863.  He  was  b.  in  Sheffield,  Mass.,  May  22,  1783;  d.  Dec.  25, 
1863.  He  was  a  leading  lawyer  there.  Ch.:  Henry,  b.  Jan. 
21,1816;  d.  unknown;  Douglas  S.,  b.  Jan.  21,  1817;  d.  Sept.  19, 
1885;  John  W.,  b.  Jan.  9,  1819;  res.  Waterville,  N.  Y.;  Sophia, 
b.  Apr.  2,  1820;  d.  Mar.  21,  1826;  Elizabeth  A.,  b.  May  1,  1822; 
m.  at  Albany,  N.  Y.,  in  June,  1864,  Joseph  E.  A.  Smith,  b.  Feb. 
4,1822.  He  is  the  well  known  historian;  res.  Pittsfield;  Frances, 
b.  Sept. 9, 1825;  d.l825;  Fred, b.  Nov.  1,1826;  d.  Jan.,  1890.  Agnes, 
child  of  Douglas,  res.  Brooklyn,  N.  Y.;  Harry  T.,  child  of  Fred, 
res.  New  York  City. 

2335.  iv.       Eliza,  b. ;   m.  1823,  Socrates  Squier;  she  d.  1826.     Ch.: 

George  L.,  only  child,  b.  1824.  He  resides  in  Buffalo,  N.  Y.; 
is  president  of  the  Geo.  L.  Squier  Mfg.  Co.,  manufacturers  of 
sugar,  rice,  and  coffee  machinery,  agricultural  implements,  and 
mill  engines. 

2336.  V.         Adeline,  b.  ;  m.;  a  dau.  is  Mrs.  J.  W.  Peck;  res.  New 

Britain,  Conn. 

982.  Dea.  Hezekiah  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Harvard,  Mass.,  Oct.  14,  1766;  m.  Mehitable  Haven. 

He  was  a  farmer  all  his  life  and  resided  in  the  east  part  of  Otis,  Mass.  He 
chronicles  the  following:  "One  Sunday,  July  11,  1819,  God  visited  us  with  lightning 








and  thunder  and  destroyed  the  south  part  of  the  house  and  preserved  our  lives  in 
the  north  end  of  the  house."  The  house  was  struck  by  lightning  while  the  family  was 
at  prayer  one  warm  Sabbath  evening.  A  curious  fact  was  that  every  room  in  the 
house  was  damaged  but  the  one  occupied  by  the  family  at  the  time.  No  one  was  hurt, 
although  his  daughter,  Julia,  was  struck  to  the  floor,  as  she  stood  near  a  window. 
The  house  is  yet  standing,  I  think.  He  married  his  wife  against  the  wishes  of  his 
father,  but  he  was  soon  reconciled.  "  Mehitable  was  a  very  handsome  girl  and 
remarkably  smart."  He  was  a  very  patient,  gentle  man,  was  a  deacon  in  the  Pres- 
byterian church.     He  d.  Oct.  25,  1839;  res.  Otis,  Mass. 

Paul,  b.  June  18,  1793;  m.  Rebecca  Desire  Freeman  and  Mrs. 
Harriett  (Wheeler)  Roberts. 

Julia,  b.  ;  m.  Jesse  Williams;  res.  Sandisfielo,  Mass.     A 

son,  Orville,  is  a  physician.     She  d.  Aug.  6,  1856,  in  New  Boston, 

Hannah,  b. ;  m.  Isaac  Snow;  res.  Otis. 

Mehitable,  b. ;  m. Galpin.  Had  2  sons.  Mehit- 
able Whitney,  daughter  of  Hezekiah  Whitney,  was  a  small, 
frail  woman,  waist  measure  when  a  girl  less  than  eighteen 
inches;  her  whole  figure  well  proportioned.  Yet  this  frail,  little 
woman,  once  in  winter  when  the  deep  snow  made  stout 
men  wait  before  braving  it,  found  the  supply  of  fuel  almost 
gone  and  her  father  too  ill  to  go  for  any.  She  donned  her 
lather's  coat  and  trousers,  boots  and  mittens,  yoked  the  oxen, 
and  with  shovel  to  help  clear  away  the  snow,  went  into  the 
woods  alone,  cut  down,  drew  home,  and  cut  for  the  fire  wood 
enough  to  last  till  her  father  was  well  again. 

2341.  V.         Hezekiah,  b. ;  d.  unm.  at  Buffalo,  N.  Y. 

2342.  vi.        William,  b. ;  d.  in  infancy. 

2343.  vii.       Juliette,  b. ;  m.  John  Bowen. 

2344.  viii.      Sally,  b. ;  m.  John  Bowen.     After  her  death  he  m.  Juliette. 

2345.  ix.        Lucy,  b. ;  m. Chatfield. 

2546.     X.         Tabitha,  b. ;  m.  John  Bowen. 

983.  Dr.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Otis, 
Mass.,  Sei-t.  14,  1768;  m.  Nov.  27,  18U0,  Dolly  Smith;  b.  Mar.  17,  1782;  d.  in  Cayuga, 
N.  Y.,  in  1846.     Her  father  was  a  sea  captain. 

He  was  l)orn  in  Otis,  Mass.,  the  son  of  Timothy  and  Alice  (Whitney)  Whitney. 
With  his  parents  he  moved  to  Petersham,  Mass.,  where  he  passed  his  early  life  and 
where  he  studied  medicine.  Soon  after  his  majority  he  started  for  the  west,  locating 
in  Cayuga,  N.  Y.,  where  he  was  one  of  the  earliest  settlers.  He  was  a  physician  of 
eminence  and,  with  a  few  others  at  the  beginning  of  the  century,  made  the  eastern 
shore  of  Cayuga  Lake  famous  throughout  the  state.  Dr.  Whitney  was  highly 
respected  by  the  entire  community.  Cayuga  bridge  was  built  in  1797.  There  was 
only  a  log  tavern,  built  by  Mr.  Hardenburg  at  Auburn,  when  he  passed  through. 
Cayuga  at  that  time  was  the  county  seat.  He  first  located  in  Cayuga.  After  remain- 
ing there  a  few  years  he  sold  his  rigs  and  moved  to  Batavia,  N.  Y.  After  a  year's 
residence  there,  the  physician  at  Cayuga  died  and  the  people  sent  for  him  to  return, 
which  he  did,  and  remained  there  the  rest  of  his  life.  He  d.  Julv,  1850;  res.  Cavuga, 
N.  Y. 

2347.    i.         William,  b.  Aug.  15,  1815;  m.  Elizabeth  J.  Turner. 

2^:^48.     ii.        Charles  H.,  b.  Jan.  25,  1824;  m.  Elizabeth  Lowe.  . 

2:349..   iii.       Edwin  H.,  b.  Oct.  7,  1806;  m.  Jane  Horton  and  Eliza  ].  Kvle. 

2350.  iv.  Mary  Brainerd,  b.  Sept.  12,  1801;  m.  Feb.  15,  1827,  Cutler  L. 
Laflin.  He  was  b.  in  Southwick,  Mass.,  Oct.  17,  1799;  d.  at 
Westfield,  Oct.  2,  1877.  She  d.  there  Dec.  25,  1885;  res.  West- 
field,  Mass.  He  was  emphatically  the  architect  of  his  own 
fortunes.  Honesty,  economy,  and  application  tell  the  story  of 
his  successful  career.  From  a  clerkship  at  Suffield,  Conn.,  he 
went  to  Gorham,  Me.,  and  engaged  in  the  powder  business. 
Later  he  was  in  the  fur  trade  in  Montreal  and  Quebec.  Dis- 
posing of  this  business,  he  returned  to  the  States  and  engaged 
m  the  manufacture  of  paper  at  Lee,  Mass.  The  business  at 
Lee  was  finally  discontinued,  when  Mr.  Laflin  opened  a  commis- 
sion paper  warehouse  in  New  Orleans  with  a  Mr.  Steavens  of 


New  Marlboro,  under  the  name  of  Laflin,  Steavens  &  Co.  This 
business  was  continued  for  some  years,  and  he  finally  sold  out  to 
Mr.  Steavens,  his  partner.  He  then  became  connected  as 
special  partner  in  the  firm  of  C.  Yale,  Jr.,  &  Co.,  in  importation 
of  silks.  This  business  arrangement  ceased  somewhere  about 
184H,  at  which  time  he  removed  to  Westfield  in  order  to  be  near 
his  father,  who  still  lived  in  Southwick.  In  the  fall  of  1851  Mr. 
Laflin  purchased  the  interest  of  Alexander  Jessup  in  the  Woro- 
noco  Mills  for  his  son,  G.  L.  Laflin,  when  the  well  known,  suc- 
cessful and  popular  firm  of  Jessup  &  Laflin  was  organized. 
Since  going  to  Westfield,  Mr.  Laflin  has  never  engaged  in  any 
active  business.  He  was  also  one  of  the  founders  of  the  West- 
field  Savings  Bank,  in  which  he  was  for  along  time  a  prominent 
and  an  active  director.  In  1864  he  withdrew  from  the  Old 
Westfield  Bank,  and  in  company  with  Mr.  Jessup  and  his 
brother  Heman  Laflin,  now  of  New  Haven,  and  his  son,  Geo.  L. 
Laflin,  established  the  First  National  Bank  of  Westfield  in  the 
room  now  occupied  by  the  Westfield  Savings  Bank.  After  a 
successful  existence  of  two  years  the  capital  stock  was  increased 
from  aiOO,000  to  $260,000,  and  the  Westfield  Bank  merged  into 
it.  He  was  always  the  largest  stockholder  of  the  bank,  and  as 
a  director  he  was  something  more  than  a  figure-head.  He 
always,  and  wisely,  too,  dictated  the  policy  of  the  bank,  and  in 
him  Mr.  Hooker,  the  trusted  and  efficient  cashier,  always  found 
a  sound  and  reliable  adviser.  In  1871  the  Hon.  William  G. 
Bates  resigned  the  presidency  of  the  bank  and  Mr.  Laflin  was 
then  elected  the  president,  a  position  which  he  held  up  to  the 
time  of  his  death.  Mr.  Laflin  was  also  the  chairman  of  the 
finance  committee  of  the  Westfield  Savings  Bank,  whose  interest 
he  guarded  with  jealous  care.  In  all  his  transactions  he  was  a 
man  of  integrity,  upright  in  all  his  dealings.  Occupation  of 
Cutler  Laflin,  paper  manufacturer;  religion  of  both,  Protestant. 
Ch.:  Geo.  Lester,  oldest  child,  b.  at  Lee,  Mar.  8,  1828;  m.  June 
20,  1865,  Martha  M.  Clark  of  Newark,  N.  J., at  Westfield,  Mass.; 
res.  Westfield;  8  ch.,  Geo.  Lester,  b.  Oct.  26,  1866;  d.  Jan.  18, 
1867;  Geo.  Lester,  b.  Nov.  19,  1867;  d.  Oct.  21,  1870;  Mary 
Frances,  b.  Feb.  4,  1869;  Charles  Walter,  b.  June  26,  1870;  Ger- 
trude, b.  Dec.  8,  1872;  Cutler,  b.  Mar.  9,  1874;  Jere  Horton,  b. 
Feb.  19,  1876;  Catherine  Eldredge,  b.  Mar.  27,  1879.  Mary 
Frances,  2d  child,  b.  at  Lee,  Nov.  19,  1829;  d.  at  Westfield, 
unm.,  Aug.  7,  1862;  Adelaide,  3d  child,  b.  at  Lee,  Jan.  11,  1886; 
d.  at  Lee,  Mar.  11,  1839.  Politics  of  Cutler,  Whig  and  Repub- 

2361.  v.  Clarissa  Smith,  b.  Aug.  15,  1804;  m.  in  Cayuga,  Dec.  17,  1823, 
WMlliam  Foote.  She  d.  Dansville,  N.  Y.,  1846.  He  was  b.  Dec. 
8,  1802;  d.  June  22,  1877;  was  a  farmer,  later  a  grain  dealer. 
Ch.:  Elizabeth  Coe,  b.  Jan.  16,  1826;  m.  Sept.  27,  1843,  Olney 
Bryant  Maxwell;  res.  Oakland,  Cal.;2  ch.;  Julia  Louisa,  b.  May 
18,  1826;  m.  May,  1846,  Henry  Kingsbury;  d.  Feb.  13,  1870.  They 
had  one  dau.,  b.  Rochester,  N.  Y.,  July  12,  1847.  Is  now  matron 
of  Wells  College,  Aurora,  N.  Y.;  Mary  Adaline,  b.  June  3,  1828; 
m.  1866,  Isaac  O.  Adams.  She  d.  Chicago,  May,  1869,  leaving  3 
ch.,  Harry  F.,  Harriett  M.,  and  Norman;  Harriett  Amelia,  b. 
Aug.  9,  1831;  m.  Howard  Phillips.  She  d.  Chicago,  May  26, 
1870;  2  ch.,  Howard  M.  and  Louise  H.;  Almeda  Cornelia,  b. 
Sept.  30,  1839;  d.  Jan.  13,  1846. 

2352.  vi.  Fannie,  b.  Nov.  7,  1812;  m.  Sept.  2, 1833,  Dr.  John  A.  Thompson. 
She  d.  Mar.  2.  1892.  He  was  b.  May  30,  1810;  d.  Feb.  17, 1879; 
res.  Auburn,  N.  Y.  Ch.:  Charles  DeWitt,  b.  Cayuga,  July  16, 
1834;  m.  Mary  E.  Comstock  of  Chicago.  111.,  Feb.  17,  1866;  d.  in 
New  York,  Aug.  3,  1890;  Harriet  Lettitia,  b.  Mar.  20,  1842;  m. 
ValorusSouthworth.June  4,  1872,  whod.  Sept.  22,  1882;  m.2d  to 
Homer  P.  Bender,  Dec.  27,  1883,  who  d.  Mar.  6,  1889;  address 
140  E.  48th  St.,  New  York;  George  Edwin,  b.  May  10,  1844;  d. 
in  New  Orleans,  Jan.  11,  1879;  Mary  Frances,  b.  June  11,  1849; 
















m.  John  B.  Finn,  Jan.  3,   1871;  address  118   E.  Genesee   St., 
Auburn,  Cayuga  Co.,  N.  Y. 
2853.     vii.      George  S.,  b.  Feb.  25,  1810;  m.  Elcie  Kellogg  and  Mrs.  Rhoda 

2354.  viii.     Harriett  Amelia,  b.  Aug.  28, 1818;  m.  Dec.  20,  1855,  Hon.  Morris 

B.  Flinn,  b.  Apr.  27,  1811;  d.  June  24,  1891,  s.  p.  She  res.  Rush- 
ville,  N.  Y.     He  was  a  hardware  merchant. 

2355.  ix.       Ann  Maria,  b.  Aug.  18,  1820;  m.  Jan.  15,  1850,  Lyman  Carr;  res. 

Mt.  Morris,  N.  Y.  He  was  b.  Nov.  9,  1816;  merchant.  Ch.: 
Marion  \V.,  b.  Oct.  25,  1851;  Fannie  C,  b.  Sept.  5,  1856;  d.  May 
31,  1861. 

984.  Jonas  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Oct.  21,  1770;  m.  in  Blandford,  Mass.,  Mary  Noble.  She  d.  ae.  77  years.  He 
was  a  blacksmith.     He  d.  in  1845;  res.  Otis,  Mass. 

Barnabas,  b.  May  1, 1791;  res.  N.  Y.  state. 

Harvey,  b.  July  23,  1795;  d.  s.  p. 

Erastus  Marvin,  b.  July  28,  1797;  m.  Mrs.  Mary  E.  (Jackson) 

Mary,  b.  Feb.  20,  1801;  d.  in  Chester,  Mass.,  and  left  one  dau. 

Alice,  b.  Mar.  21,  1803;  d.  at  Hartford,  Conn.,  leaving  one  dau. 

Silas  N.,  b.  Apr.  4,  1805;  m.  Ann  Fay. 

Milton,  b.  Apr.  17,  1807;  res.  in  Iowa. 

987.  Paul  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Petersham, 
Mass.,  Apr^  13,  1777;  m.  at  Hinesburg,  \'t.,  Dollie  Darwin;  m.  2d,  St.  Albans,  \'X., 
1807,  Lucinda  Marsh,  b.  Dec.  13,  1786;  d.  Feb.  3,  1863. 

Paul  Whitney,  born  in  Petersham,  Worcester  Co.,  Mass.,  was  known  from  early 
manhood  as  a  teacher  by  profession.  During  the  first  years  of  the  century  while 
teaching  in  Northern  Vermont  he  met  and  married  Miss  Dollie  Darwin,  of  Hines- 
burg, Vt.,  daughter  of  Samuel  Darwin,  of  Rutland,  Vt.,  who  was  so  loyal  to  King 
George,  over  the  sea,  and  the  Tories,  his  lands  were  confiscated  and  he  removed  to 
Hinesburg.  She  was  a  person  of  acknowledged  beauty,  and  to  them  was  born  one 
son,  Samuel  D.,  named  for  her  father.  Paul  was  a  twin  brother  of  Barnabas  Whit- 
ney, also  a  teacher,  and  so  alike  in  personal  appearance  they  could  exchange  places 
in  the  schoolroom  without  being  generally  observed  by  the  pupils.  Both  had  fine 
faces,  blond  in  complexion,  tall  and  erect  in  form,  with  a  dignified  and  graceful 
bearing.  Paul  possessed  a  poetic  nature  and  gentle  disposition,  and  was  in  Ma., 
verse  and  rhyme,  in  writing  epitaphs,  and  ever  ready  with  some  anecdote  or 
pun,  making  him  a  genial  companion  even  in  declining  years.  And  though  esthetic 
in  taste,  he  had  an  admiring  eye  for  fine  horses  and  was  very  fond  of  animals  and 
pets,  and  this  characteristic  is  especially  marked  in  this  branch  of  the  family.  He 
spent  the  greater  portion  of  his  life  in  Dunham  Ca.,  near  the  Vermont  line,  where 
he  removed  while  still  young,  and  married  a  second  wife.  To  them  were  born  ten 
children,  all  of  whom  have  died  but  one  daughter,  Harriet,  Mrs.  Leavitt,  who  still 
resides  in  the  Dominion.  The  names  of  the  sons  were  Caius,  Marcus,  Wm.  Wallace, 
Paul  and  Barnabas,  the  youngest.  Here  he  was  civil  magistrate  for  more  than  thirty 
years,  continuing  his  profession,  teaching  in  the  government  schools.  He  was  a 
member  of  the  Church  of  England.  He  lived  to  a  good  age,  his  mind  clear  and 
active,  his  body  elastic,  until  prostrated  with  dropsy  of  the  heart,  which  continued 
for  some  time  and  of  which  he  died  at  82  years.  He  was  one  to  make  friends  every- 
where and  was  always  a  welcome  guest.  To  know  him  was  to  love  him.  He  d.  Oct. 
30, 1859;  res.  Bolton  Centre,  Canada. 

Caroline,  b.  May  28,  1809;  m.  Simon  Blake;  res.  Tamworth,  N, 
H.;  had  ch.,  Ira,  Cyrus  and  Lucinda. 

Caius  Cassius,  b.  Dec.  2,  1810;  m.  Mary  Ann  Austin  and  Abigail 
H.  Leach. 

Marcus  T.  C.,b.  Oct.  25,1812;  m.  Hannah  Maria  Lewis  and  Betsey 
W.  Hall. 

Phebe  Porter,  b.  Feb.  3,  1815;  m.  John  Gushing  and  Joseph 
Bailey  and  d.  s.  p.  Mar.  16,  1865,  in  Dover,  N.  H. 

William  Wallace,  b.  Apr.  29,1817;  m.  Betsey  Winter,  Mrs. 
Perry,  and  Sarah  Maria  Eaton. 

Samuel  D.,  b.  Oct.  18,  lb04;  m.  Clarissa  Read. 

Lucinda,  b.  May  5,  1819;  d.  May  15,  1833. 














2370.  ix.        Louisa,  b.  Oct.  17,  1821;  m.  David  Powell,  of  Bolton,  P.  Q.     Ch.: 

Oscar  F.  A.,  Parker  P.,  res.  East  Bolton,  P.  Q.,  and  Delia  A.; 
d.  Oct.  27,  1865. 

2371.  X.         Paul,  b.  Mar.  28,  1824;  m.  Josephine  Stow.      They  died  about 

same  time.     He  d.  Dec.  27,  1861,  and  left  one  dau.,  Alice. 

2372.  xi.        Harriett   Heileman,  b.  July  7,  1826;   m.  Aug.  17,   1858,   Joel 

Leavitt;  res.  Bolton  Centre,  P.  Q.  Ch.:  Cynthia  Perkins,  b.  Julv 
5,  1859;  d.  Aug.  30,  1869;  Charles  Joel,b.  July  9, 1860;  m.  in  1883, 
and  res.  Newport,  Vt.;  Hiram  Paul,  b.  Jan.  29,  1862;  m.  July, 
1885;  res.  Bolton  Centre;  Lucinda  Marsh,  b.  Aug.  11,  1864; 
James  Lincoln,  b.  and  d.  June  21,1867;  Elijah,  b.  Apr.  7,  1869;  d. 

2373.  xii.       Barnabas,  b.  Aug.  27,  1828;  m.  Emily  Bracey. 

988.  Barnabas  Whitney  (Timothy,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Apr.  13,  1777;  m.  Sept.  16, 1804,  Harriett  Heileman;  b.  June,  1783;  d.  Sept.  26, 

He  was  born  in  Harvard,  Mass.,  and  received  an  excellent  education  at  the  com- 
mon and  private  schools.  At  an  early  age  he  engaged  in  teaching,  which  profession 
he  followed  all  his  life.  He  was  prmcipal  of  the  schools  in  Blandford,  Mass.,  Berk- 
shire, New  Haven,  Monckton,  and  Charlotte,  Vt.,  and  later  taught  writing  schocjl  \n 
Boston,  where  he  died.     He  d.  July  27,  1846;  res.  Blandford  and  Boston,  Mass. 

2374.  i.  Frances  Amelia,  b.  May  29,  1805;  m.  Dec.  5,  1833,  Dr.  Lucian 

W.  Caryl.  She  d.  Feb.'  15,  1883.  He  was  b.  Feb.  27,  lb06;  d. 
Apr.  15,  1837.  Was  a  practicing  physician.  Ch.:  Harriett  E.,  b. 
Nov.  21,  1834;  res.  82  Myrtle  St.,  Boston,  Mass 

2375.  ii.         Fred'k  H.,  b.  Sept.  25,  1807;  m.  Abigail  B.  Bumstead. 

2376.  iii.        Mary  Ann,    b.    Mar.  6,  1812;    m.   Dec.  25,  1834,   Judson   Niles 

Farrar.  She  d.  Oct.  2,  1890.  He  was  b.  Mar.  20,  1808.  Was 
cashier  in  a  bank.  Res.  Abingdon,  Mass.  Ch.:  Mary  A. "Cox, 
b.  Sept.  22,  1835;  d.  Sept.  22,  1857;  Lucian  W.,  b.  Mar.  24,  1839; 
d.  Aug.  18,  1859;  Judson  C,  b.  Apr.  28,  1841;  d.  Sept.  23,  1841; 
Granville  Heileman,  b.  Sept.  16,  1844;  d.  Sept.  19,  1847;  Nathan- 
iel B.,  b.  June  15,  1847;  Harriett  Amelia,  b.  Dec.  5,  1854;  Gran- 
ville Robinson,  b.  Sept.  9.  18—;  d.  Apr.  19,  1883. 

2377.  iv.       Harriett  Heileman,  b.  Dec.  9,  1814;  m.  May  28,  1835,  Joseph 

Wait.  He  was  son  of  Marmaduke  and  Amelia  Heileman  Wait, 
and  was  b.  in  Randolph,  Yt.,  Mar.  24,  1806.  For  many  years  he 
was  a  merchant  in  BurHngton,  and  later  engaged  in  busniess 
in  New  York,  residing  in  Jersey  City,  where  he  d.  Feb.  22,  1869. 
Mrs.  Wait,  after  the  death  of  her  husband,  moved  to  Chicago 
to  reside  with  her  son,  Horatio  L.,  where  she  d.  Apr.  10,  1891. 
She  was  a  woman  of  lovely  character  and  beautiful  presence. 
Ch.:  Horatio  Loomis,  b.  Aug.  8,  1836;  m.  1860,  Clara  Conant 
Long,  res.  4919  Madison  Ave.,  Chicago,  111.  He  is  master  in 
chancery  of  the  Circuit  Court  of  Cook  County,  and  was  b.  in 
New  York  City.  His  father  was  a  merchant  in  that  city.  His 
grandfather,  Alarmaduke,  served  in  the  second  war  with  Eng- 
land, and  his  great-grandfather,  Joseph  Wait,  of  \'ermont,  was 
a  colonel  in  the  first  war,  serving  under  Gen.  Ethan  Allen. 
Horatio  was  educated  at  Columbia  College  grammar  school. 
Went  to  Chicago  in  1856.  Read  law  with  Joseph  N.  Baker,  but 
before  being  admitted  to  practice  the  civil  war  broke  out.  He 
entered  the  navy  and  remained  there  for  nine  years,  joining  the 
European  squadron  after  peace  was  declared.  Mr.  Wait  left 
the  navy  in  1870,  and  the  same  year  was  admitted  to  the  bar 
and  opened  an  office  in  Chicago,  soon  finding  a  good  busi- 
ness on  his  hands.  In  1876  he  was  appointed  master  in  chan- 
cery, and  since  that  date  has  made  a  specialty  of  chancery 
practice.  He  ignores  politics  entirely,  attends  exclusively  to 
the  study  and  duties  of  his  profession.  A  gentleman  who 
knows  Mr.  Wait  well,  thus  wrote  to  the  editor  of  the  Bench  and 
Bar  of  Chicago :  "  Mr.  H.  L.  Wait  is  a  polished  gentleman,  a 
scholar  of  unusual  attainments,  and  a  conversationalist  of  marked 
ability.     He  has  also  been  an  extensive  traveler.     As  a  lawyer 



he  is  well  read,  of  excellent  judgment,  and  of  un-impeachable 
integrity.  He  has  for  some  years  occupied  the  position  of 
master  in  chancery  in  Chicago  of  the  Circuit  Court  of  Cook 
County,  by  the  appointment  of  the  judges  of  that  court."  He  is 
a  vestryman  of  St.  Paul's  Episcopal  Church  of  Hyde  Park,  and 
a  man  of  high  standing  in  the  community;  ch.,  James  Joseph,  b. 
Mar.  1,  1861.  He  graduated  at  the  Hyde  Park  school  in  1878, 
and  entered  the  N.  Y.  Nautical  School  Ship  "  St.  Mary's"  the 
same  year.     Made  a  voyage  to  Lisbon,  Portugal,  and  Madeira, 





graduating  in  1879,  receiving  the  first  medal.  Sailed  from  N.  Y. 
in  1879,  made  a  voyage  to  Shanghai,  China,  and  Iloilo,  Philip- 
pian  Islands.  On  the  return  voyage  the  ship  was  disabled  in  a 
gale  by  the  springing  of  her  rudder  head.  Put  into  Cai)e  Town, 
Africa,  for  repairs,  and  returned  home  in  1880.  At  present  he 
is  freight  contracting  agent  for  the  North  Chicago  Rolling  Mills. 
Henry  Heileman,  b.  Oct.  27,  1^:69;  res.  at  home;  Maria  Amelia, 
b.  Sept.  28,  1843;  res.  Chicago;  unm.;  Isabelle  Heileman,  b.  July 
20,  1847;  res.  Chicago;  unm. 

Katherine,  b.  Oct.  30,  1809;  d.  unm.  Feb.  4,  1893. 

Calista  Stuart,  b.  Nov.  11,  1818;  m.  in  Boston  in  Apr.,  1840, 
Andrew  J.  Loud;  d.  Aug.,  1878.  She  d.  s.  p.  Nov.  17,  1840,  in 
Boston.     He  was  a  banker. 

996.     Moses  Whitney  (Aaron,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),b.  Oct.  5,  1775,  in 

Harvard;  m.  Patty ;  res.  Harvard,  Mass, 

Sally,  b.  Aug.  17,  1798. 

Lucy,  b.  Sept.  28, 1800. 

Elbridge,  b.  Nov.  23.  1802. 

Eliza,  b.  May  13, 1806. 

Marion,  b.  Dec.  11,1808. 

Harriett  Whitcomb,  b.  Sept.  7, 1811. 





















997.  Capt.  Aaron  Whitney  (Aaron,  Jonas,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Nov.  7, 
1777,  in  Harvard;  m.  Sally  Flagg,  of  Holden;  d.  June  9,  1814;  m.  2d,  1816,  Mrs.  Susan 
(Hartwell)  Fletcher,  of  Littleton,  wid.  of  Samuel.  He  d.  Mar.  29,  1864;  res.  Harvard, 

Laurilla,  b.  Mar.  27,  1808;  m. Head;  res.  Syracuse,  Iowa. 

George,  b.  Dec.  26,  1809;  m.  Abbie  Bemis. 

Aaron,  b.  Dec.  1,  1812. 

Sally,  b.  May  28,  1814;  d. . 

Nancy,  b.  May  28,  1814;  m.  Feb.  22,  1836,  Richard  H.  Whitney, 
of  Albany,  N.  Y. 

2391.  vi.        Susan  H.,  b.  Oct.  20,  1818;  m  Oct.  20,  1839,  Allen  B.  Wood.    Ch.: 

Susan  Whittmore,  of  Fitchburg,  Frank  A.,  Aaron,  Flora,  and 
Daniel  W.;  res.  Westminster. 

2392.  vii.       Samuel  F.,  b.  Oct,  20,  1821;  m.  Sarah  T.  Gardner. 

2393.  vtii.     Sally,  b.  July  8,  1823. 

2394.  ix.        Daniel,  b.  Sept.  5,  1825. 

2395.  X.         Abel,  b.  Nov.  23, 1830;  d.  Nov.  30,  1840. 

1003.     Hezekiah  Whitney  (Elias,  Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),b.  Stow,  May 

26,  1761;  m.  Sarah .     His  will  was  probated  in  1812;  mentions  his  wife  and  all 

his  children.    He  d.  Oct.  14,  1812;  res.  Stow,  Mass. 

2396.  i.  Sarah,  b.  Aug.  19,  1797. 

2397.  ii.         Mary  Ann,  b.  May  27,  1800;  m.  Brooks.     She  d.  Sept.  29, 


2398.  iii.        Hezekiah,  b.  Aug.  20. 1803. 

2399.  iv.        Almira,  b.  Feb.  4,  1806. 

2400.  V.         Amos,  b. . 

2401.  vi.        Rachel,  b.  in  1811. 

1006.  Amos  Whitney  (Elias,  Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow,  Mass.. 
m.  at  Sterling,  Patty  Wilder;  b.  June  21,  1784;  d.  Oct.  5,  1837.  He  was  a  farmer;  res. 
Stow,  Mass. 

2402.  i.  Joseph  W.,  b.  Feb.  25,  1815;  m.  and  d.  s.  p.  July  16,  1892,  in  Wal- 

tham,  Mass. 

2403.  ii.         LucebaC.,  b.  Sept.  6.  1816;  m.  Silas  Newton.     She  d.  Nov.  30, 

1865.  He  was  a  blacksmith  and  d.  Feb.  19,  1856.  Ch.:  Joseph 
Newton,  Marlboro,  Mass.;  John  Newton,  Bolton,  Mass. ;  Henry 
Newton,  Brockton.  Mass.,  Mary  Newton,  b.  Sept.  1,  1856;  m. 
Albert  Taylor,  Mar.  22,  1877;  res.  Hudson,  Mass. 

2404.  iii.        James  W.,  b.  Mar.  13.  1818;  m.  Sultina  V.  Bartlett. 

2405.  iv.        Jonathan  W.,  b.  Nov.  22,  1821;   m.    at  Hubbardston   Rebecca 

Gay,  b.  May  19.  1819;  d.  Nov.  28,  1893,  s.  p.  He  is  a  painter; 
res.  Lincoln  Square,  Worcester,  Mass. 

2406.  V.         Mary  E.,  b.  Jan.  16,  1825;  m.  Clark  Watron. 

2407.  vi.        Martha  M.,  b.  May  16,  1823;  m.  Sept.  20, 1844,  William  A.  Shum- 

way,  63  Orange  St.,  Worcester.  He  was  b.  Sept.  9,  1813;  d.  Sept. 
9,  1867;  was  a  teamster  from  Boston  to  Worcester  before  rail- 
roads; also  a  farmer.  Ch.:  Persis  E.,  b.  Jan.  20,  1846;  m.  June 
6,  1867;  d.  Nov.  6,  1874;  m.  Randolph  Walker;  Augustus  L..  b. 
Feb.  8,  1848;  d.  Sept.  15, 1866;  James  L.,  b.  Nov.  14,  1850;  d.  Jan, 
5,  1874;  Joseph  H.,  b.  Mar.  7.  1856;  m,  July  3,  1883;  m.  Mar.  29, 
1890;  Frank  A.,  b.  Feb.  8,  1858;  m.  July  19,  1885;  Mattie  M.,  b. 
Jan.  9,  1860;  m.  Sept.  18, 1882,  to  James  H.  Ware;  res.  63  Orange 
St.,  Worcester,  Mass. 

1010.  Lemuel  W^hitney  (Lemuel,  Lemuel,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow, 
Mass.,  Jan.  25,  1767;  m.  Dorcas  Gates;  d.  Mar.  7,  1823.  He  was  a  farmer.  He  d, 
1825;  res.  Stow,  Mass.,  Grafton,  Vt..  and  East  Sudbury,  Mass. 

2408.  i.  Leonard,    b,  Feb.  22,   1815;   m.  Sarah  Ayer  and  Mrs.   Betsey 


Peter,  b. ;  d.  infancy. 

Dorcas,  b. ;  d.  infancy. 

Peter,  b. .  2412.  v.        Jotham,  b. , 

EzEKiEL,  b. 2414.  vii.       Susan,  b. . 

Betsey,  b. .  2416.  ix.       Jane,  b. 












2417.    X.         Mary,  b. .  2418.     xi.        Elmira,  b. . 

2419,    xii.      Lucy  Ann,  b. .  2420.    xiii.      Louisa,  b. . 

2421.  xiv.      Ann,  b. 

1018,  Ukial  Whitney  (Abner,  John,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  Shirley,  Mass. 
Sept.  11,  1757;  m.  at  Gorham,  Me.,  Dec.  16,  1784,  Lydia  Whitmore,  b.  Aug,  1,  1764;  d 
Mar.  6,  1818. 

He  was  b.  in  Shirley,  and  at  the  breaking  out  of  the  Revolutionary  war  enlisted 
in  Col.  Prescott's  regiment.  The  enlistment  bears  date  of  Apr.  19,  1775.  After 
the  war  he  located  in  Gorham,  Me.,  where  he  married  his  wife.  In  1798  he  pur- 
chased land  in  No.  Yarmouth,  Me.,  to  which  place  he  removed  his  family  soon  after. 
He  ever  after  resided  there,  and  was  a  noted  school  teacher,  being  familiarly  known 
as  "  Master  Whitney,"  He  was  held  in  high  esteem  as  a  citizen  and  as  a  Christian; 
was  a  member  of  the  Congregational  church  in  Pownal,  Me.,  Rev.  Percy  Chapin, 
pastor.  He  was  granted  a  pension  Apr.  28,  1818.  He  d.  Nov.  10,  1835;  res.  Gor- 
ham, Me. 

2422.  i.  Statira,  b.  Dec.  24,  1785;  d,  Dec,  31,  1785. 

2423.  ii,         Mary,  b.  Jan.  21,  1787;  m.  Retire  Drinkwater;  res,  Durham,  Me. 

3  ch.     She  d.  May  2.  1824. 

2424.  iii.        Statira,  b.  Dec.  i,  1789;  d,  Aug.  11,  1794, 

2425.  iv,       Joel,  b.  Aug.  7,  1791;  lost  at  sea  about  1812. 

2426.  v.         Beulah  B.,  b.  June  3,  1793;  m.  Nov.  2,  1817,  Enos  Small,  b.  Nov. 

28,  1788;  d.  Feb.  5,  1881.  She  d.  Apr.  21,  1879.  Ch.:  William 
Lathrop,  b.  Oct.  29,  1819;  m.  Clara  W.  Pierce;  d.  Feb.  1,  1886; 
Sarah  L.,  b.  Feb.  17,  1822;  m.  John  A.  Andrews;  d,  Nov.  8,  1854; 
Uriel  Whitney,  b.  July  23,  1825;  m.  Mary  E.  Gilman;  res.  682 
Tremont  St.,  Boston,  Mass.  He  graduated  at  Amherst  Col- 
lege in  the  class  of  1804,  and  at  Andover  Theo.  Seminarv  in 
1858;  Mary  Scott,  b.  Mav  4,  1828;  d.  lune  1,  1879;  Beulah.  b. 
Aug.  18,  1833.  She  gra'd.  Mt.  Holyoke  Female  Sem.  1856; 
taught  in  Marion,  Iowa,  5  years;  at  Rockford,  111.,  4  years;  now, 
and  for  the  last  18  years,  a  teacher  in  Boston,  Mas?. 

2427.  vi.        Betsey,  b.  May  27  1795;  m.  James  Mitchell;  res.  Freeport,  Me, 

She  d.  Feb.,  1849.  Ch.:  Ansel  L.,b.  Dec  1,  1828;  res.  Falmouth, 
Me.;  Major  W.,  b.  Sept.  13,  1830;  John  W.,  b.  Nov.  24,  1831; 
Statira  M.,  b.  Mav  24,  1833;  Roxanna,  b.  Sept.  7,  1834;  Eliza- 
beth, b,  Jan.  17,  1840;  Harriett  S.,  b.  June  25,  1842. 

2428.  vii.      Sally,  b.  Dec.  16,  1796;  m.  Daniel  Soule;  res.  Pownal,  Me.    She 

d.  Mav  20,  1827,  and  he  m.  her  sister. 

2429.  viii.     Harriett,  b.  Apr,  28,  1798;  m.  Daniel  Soule.     Ch.:  Mrs.  Sarah 

W.  Clifford,  37  Folsom  St.,  Dorchester,  Mass.  He  d.  July  30, 
1843;  ch.:  Elisha  B.,  b.  June  18,  1828;  d.  Dec.  12,  1853;  Perez 
C,   b.   Mar.  3,  1830;    d.  "Mav  15,  1871;    Samuel  W.,  b.  May  30, 

1831;  d. ;    Daniel,  b.  Jan.  13,  1834;    Clarence,  b.  Oct.  16, 

1835;  d.  Oct.  16,  1857;  Harriet  A.,  b.  June  6, 1837;  Sarah,  b.  May 
24,  1839;  Lewis  W.,  b.  Mar.  12,  1841. 

2430.  ix,        Charlotte,  b.  May  12,  1800;  m.  Levi'Davis.     She  d.  July  6, 1851; 

res.  No.  Yarmouth,  Me.  Ch.:  Lewis,  b.  Jan.  5, 1828;  Charlotte,  b. 
Oct.  21,  1831;  d.  Mar,  22,  1875;  Augusta  C,  b.  Oct,  6,  1836;  res. 
Yarmouth,  Me. 

2431.  X,         Statira,  b,  Apr.  26,   1802;  m.   Nathaniel   Merrill;  res,  Pownal, 

Me,  Ch.:  Charles  H.,  b.  Feb.  16,  1829;  Joseph,  b.  Dec.  21,  1832, 
She  d.  July  21,  1878. 

2432.  xi,        Urial,  b.  July  4.  1804;  m.  Mary  Hoit. 

2433.  xii,       Lewis,  b.  Sept.  21,  1806;  m.  Mary  Small. 

1022.  Amaziah  Whitney  (Abner,  John,  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  prob. 
Shirley,  Mass.;  m.  Sarah  Boyngton;  d.,  ae.  86.  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  army 
in  a  company  from  Worcester  Co.,  under  command  of  Capt,  Boutell;  res.  in  Mass., 
Albany  and  Maryland,  N.  Y, 

2434.  i.  Amaziah,  b. ;  m.  and  had  2  ch. 

,  2435.  ii.  Arathusa,  b.  July  24,  1804;  m.,  1824,  Decatur  Winters,  b.  1802. 
Ch.:  Stephen  D.,  b.  Dec,  1826;  d.  1852.  He  was  a  lawyer  and 
was  admitted  to  practice  the  year  before  he  died;  Lucinda,  b, 
1833;  d.,  ae.  3  mos;  Amaziah,  b,  1831;  d,,  ae,  6;  Maria,  b,  1828; 




















m.  David  Hatfield;  res.  Erie,  Pa.;  Arathusa,  m.  2d  1836,  Patrick 
Lee;  ch.,  John  P.,  b.  Feb,  22,  1837;  res.  Syracuse,  N.  Y.;  Ellen 
M.,  b.  Dec.  13,  1839;  m.  Dec.  19,  1856,  John  M.  Davis;  res.  Bing- 
hampton,  N.  Y.,  23  Walnut  St. 

2436.     iii.        Sallie,  b. ;  m.  John    Brock.     Ch.:  William,  Ethel,  John, 

Clinton,  Addle  and  Annie. 

Abner,  b.  Feb.  2,  1801;  m.  Matilda  P.  Sherwood. 

Polly,  b. ;  d.  unm. 

Betsey,  b. ;  m. Smith,  d.  s.  p. 

Caleb  B.,  b.  Feb.  16,  1809;  m.  Adocia  Stevens 

Marchia,   b. ;  m.   Joseph  Witherell.      Ch.:  Ansel,  Sarah 

and  James. 

2442.  ix.        Nathan,  b. :  m.  Julia  AUington.     He  was  a  Baptist  min- 

ister; had  8  ch.  Two  living,  Julia,  Mrs  Breece;  res.  Horseheads, 
N.  Y.,  and  Rose,  Mrs.  Matthews;  res.  Ashley,  Pa. 

2443.  X.        William  E.,b. ;  m.  Eliza  Saxton.     He  was  a  physician  and 

had  two  ch.,  Edgar  and  George ;  d.  when  his  ch.  were  quite  young. 

2444.  xi.        Nathaniel  R.,  b.  June  15,  1818;  m.  Charlotte  S.  Rice. 

2445.  xii.       Lucretia,  b. ;  m. Everts. 

1023.  Samuel  Whitney  (Abner,  John.  Moses,  Richard,  John),  b.  in  Me.  in 
1769;  m.  in  1780,  Hannah  Thompson;  b.  in  1760;  d.  in  1814.  He  was  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary army,  and  when  78  years  of  age  was  granted  a  pension.  He  d.  Sept.  26, 
1836;  res.  Falmouth,  Readfield  and  Farrington,  Me. 

Ephralm,  b.  Sept.  22,  1799;  m.  Nancv  F.  Skinner. 

William,  b.  July  24,  1786;  m.  Olive  Parlin. 

Stephen,  b.  May  4,  1784. 

Dorcas,  b.  Sept.  16,  1794;  m.  June  23,  1816,  Jonathan  Brown,  res. 
W.  Freeman,  Me.  He  was  b.  Sept.  16,  1794;  d.  July  11,  1870; 
he  was  a  school  teacher  and  farmer.  Ch.:  Adaline,  b.  Mar.  9, 
1817;  m.  Dec.  25,  1834;  d.  Mar.  31, 1849;  ch.,  G.  W^  Clarke,  King- 
field,  Me.,  son  of  Adaline  Brown  Clark;  Mary,  b.  Ian.  9,  1819; 
m.  Dec.  17,  1844;  d.  Aug.  27,  1850;  ch.,  Mrs.  G.  H.  Hamlin, 
Phillips,  Me.,  daughter  of  Mary  Brown  Sprague;  Sarah,  b.  Jan. 
5,  1821;  m.  Nov.  4,  1845;  d.  July  10,  1889;  ch.,  G.  W.  Richards, 
Kingfield,  Me.,  son  of  Sarah  Brown  Richards;  Jefferson,  b.  Feb. 
27,  1823;  m.  Jan.  18,  1848;  d.  Dec.  15, 1855;  ch.,  C.  C.  Brown,  No. 
•  Freeman,  Me.,  son  of  Jefferson  Brown;  Hannah  T.,  b.  May  13, 
1827;  m.  July  1,  18.53;  d.  May  16,  1870;  ch.,  Mrs.  ^L  A.  Will, 
Strong,  Me.,  daughter  of  Hannah  Brown  Buckley;  Clarissa  .A.., 
b.  Mav  14,  1829;  d.  July  23,  1849;  Jonathan,  Jr.,  b.  Jan.  2,  1833; 
d.  Feb.  9,  1860;  Arietta  D.,  b.  Jan.  1,  1839;  m.  Mar.  4,  1867;  d. 
Feb.  19,  1869;  Lewis,  b.  Feb.  25,  1825;  m.  1st,  Feb.  25,  1855; 
m.  2d,  Mar.  21,  1867,  P.  O.,  West  Freeman,  Me. 

Samuel,  b.  Oct.  16,  1782. 

Barzelia,  b.  Aug.  8.  1788. 

Polly,  b.  June  11,  1792. 

Sally,  b  May  30,  1797;  m. Mayo. 

Greenleaf,  b.  Sept.  9,  18n3. 

1028.  Lieut.  Daniel  Whitney  (Daniel,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Dec.  11,  1749,  in  Stow;  m.  Dec.  10,  1778,  Sarah  Durarit,  of  Bedford.  His  will  was  pro- 
bated in  1806  and  alj  his  children  were  then  living.  He  d.  Sept.  28,  1805;  res.  Stow, 

Asa,  b.  June  22,  1779;  m.  Sally  Brooks. 

Thomas,  b.  Sept.  22,  1781;  d.  Nov.  4,  1803. 

Anna,  b.  Apr.  22, 1783;  m.  Jan.  14, 1802,  Samuel  Foster,  of  Billerica. 
Ch.:  Dudley,  b. 

Daniel,  b.  Apr.  19,  1785;  m.  Sarah  Marble. 

Sally,  b.  June  13,  1787;  d.  Nov.  6,  1803. 

John,  b.  May  28,  1789;  m.  Harriett  Tower. 

Artemas,  b.  Apr.  22,  1791. 

Joseph,  b.  June  30,  1793;  m.  Susan  Whitney. 

Manning,  b.  Sept.  8,  1795;  m. Brooks. 

Richard,  b.  Apr.  18,  1798;  m.  Eunice  Cogswell. 






































2465.  xi.        Lucy,  b.  Aug.  26,  1801 ;  m. Brooks.  Ch. :  William,  b. ; 

res.  Franconia,  N.  H. 
1029.    John  Whitney  (Daniel,  Richard,  Richard,   Richard,   John),  b.  Stow, 
Mass.,  Nov.  24,  1747;  m.  Feb.  3,  1778,  Mary  Farnsworth,  ot  Groton.     He  d.  bef.  July 
1782;  res.  Stow,  and  Lincoln,  Mass. 

2466.  i.         Polly,  b.  Oct.  8,  1778. 

2467.  ii.         Jonathan,  b.  June  16,  1780. 

2468.  iii.        Sarah,  b.  July  28,  1782  (posthumus). 

1032.  Ephraim  Whitney  (Daniel,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow, 
Mass.,  Sept.  29,  1755;  m.  Dec.  7,  1780,  Sarah  Burgess,  of  Harvard.  He  was  in  the 
Revolutionary  war  in  Capt.  Longley's  company  from  Bolton.  He  d.  Nov.  17,  1784; 
res.  Stow  and  Ashburnham,  Mass. 

2469.  i.  Ephraim,  b. ;  d.  Apr.  13,  1781. 

2470.  ii.         Rachel,  b.  Apr.  10,  1783. 

2471.  iii.        Dolly,  b.  Jan.  10,  1785. 

1033.  Silas  Whitney  (Daniel,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Stow, 
Mass.,  Feb.  26,  1758;  m.  (int.)  Sept.  3,  1780,  Patience  Goodnow,  of  Stow.  She  d.  in 
Charlestown,  Tvlass.,  Feb.,  1842. 

He  was  born  in  Stow,  where  he  resided  until  soon  after  his  marriage,  when  he 
moved  to  Ashby,  Mass..  where  several  of  his  children  were  born.  He  afterward 
moved  to  Boston,  Mass.,  and  was  noted  for  his  great  strength.  During  the  Revolu- 
tionary war  he  served  in  one  of  the  companies  from  Stow.  He  d.  Charlestown,  Mass., 
1838;  res.  Stow,  Ashby,  Boston  and  Charlestown,  Mass. 

John,  b.  Nov.  22,  1782;  m. "Susannah  Vilas. 
Silas,  b.  Jan.  26.  1781;  m.  Abigail  M.  Shedd. 

SrSAN,  b.  July   1,   1792;    m.  Joseph   Whitney,  of  Boston,  son  of 
Daniel,  and  her  own  cousin.     She  d.  in  Boston,  in  1884,  ae.  92. 

James,  b. . 

Samuel,  b. ;  he  d.  s.  p.  in  1826.    He  resided  in  Charlestown, 

Mass.,  where  he  was  a  merchant.  If  he  was  married,  she  died 
before  his  decease.  He  was  a  member  of  the  firm  of  Whitney 
&  Hyde,  general  dealers. 

2477.  V.        Ephraim,  b. ;  m.  Eunice . 

2478.  vi.  DoLLY,b.  Apr.  1,  1797;  m.  Nov.  20,  1814,  William  Beals,  Sr.  He 
was  b.  Dec.  16,  1785;  d.  Dec.  8,  1870;  res.  Boston,  Mass.  Ch.: 
Frances  A.,  m.  George  Baker;  Maria  A.,  d.;  m.  Sumner  Flagg; 
Elizabeth  B,  m.  Isaac  Kendall;  William,  m.  Nancie  W.  Mar- 
chant,  and  after  her  d.  Sophie  B.  Mauvan;  res.  125  Newbury  St.; 
James  H.,  m.  .-Xttnie  M.  W.  Reed;  Harriet  M.,  m.  Geo.  W.  Tux- 
bury;  Louisa  A.,  m.  John  Wetherbee;  Emily  C,  m.  Edward  C. 
Mitchell;  John  W.,  m.  \'irginia  Simmons;  Joshua  G.,  m.  Edith 
Simmons.  All  the  children  reside  in  Boston,  with  the  exception 
of  Mrs.  Baker,  who  res.  at  78  East  55th  St.,  New  York;  Mrs. 
Wetherbee  at  "The  Warren,"  Roxbury,  and  Sumner  Flagg  at 
Brookline,  Mass.  Death  of  William  Beals,  Esq.:  "After  a  long 
and  useful  life,  this  well-known  gentleman  passed  to  the  eternal 
world  this  morning.  He  was  the  senior  proprietor  of  the  Boston 
Post,  with  which  he  had  been  connected  forty  years.  It  was 
here  that  he  made  an  independent  fortune  by  strict  attention  to 
every  detail  that  came  under  his  charge.  He  was  universally 
and  justly  esteemed  as  one  of  the  most  honorable,  straightfor- 
ward business  men  in  the  community.  His  word  was  always  as 
good  as  his  bond;  what  he  said  no  power  on  earth  could  induce 
him  to  gainsay.  He  was  honest  to  the  last  nick  in  every  per- 
sonal obligation.  As  prosperity  came  to  him,  others  shared  it, 
and  his  neighbors  will  bear  ample  testimony  that  his  charities 
were  liberal.  He  was  the  last  man  to  make  any  display  of  benevo- 
lence. No  poor  and  worthy  printer  ever  made  application  to  him 
for  assistance  without  getting  relief.  It  was  often  said  of  him 
that  he  was  a  'true  man.'  In  his  domestic  relations  Mr.  Beals 
was  very  happy.  He  was  married  56  years.  He  had  ten  chil- 
dren and  forty  grandchildren.  He  was  an  active  member  of 
the  Baptist  church,  a  regular  attendant  at  the  Old  South  prayer 


meetings,  and  often  took  charge  of  them.  He  has  left  a  name 
of  which  all  connected  with  him  have  reason  to  be  highly  satis- 
fied. The  deceased  will  be  remembered  by  the  older  genera- 
tion as  one  of  the  publishers  of  the  Commercial  Gazette,  for 
many  years  before  he  became  identified  with  the  Boston  Post. 
He  was  a  publisher  when  Benjamin  Russell  and  Joseph  T. 
Buckingham  were  leaders  of  the  Boston  press.  Mr.  Bucking- 
ham in  his  'Reminiscences  of  the  Boston  press,'  says  he  was  one 
of  the  ablest  financiers  ever  connected  with  the  American  press. 
He  was  an  active  and  industrious  man,  and  the  financial  success 
of  the  journals  with  which  he  was  identified  was  due  to  his 
ability  and  careful  management  of  the  business  department. 
Everybody  knew  him,  but  few  knew  his  real  worth.  It  is  not 
too  much  to  say  that  he  possessed  a  kind  and  genial  heart.  By 
sound  judgment,  fair  dealing,  scrupulous  honesty,  he  achieved 
success  and  left  an  ample  fortune  for  his  own  and  his  partner's 

2479.    vii.      Betsey,  b. ;  m. Bates. 

-   2480.    viii.    Polly,  b. ;  m. Gault. 

1038.  Jacob  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Mar.  24,  1748;  m.  May  25,  1772,  Lois  Hapgood;  m.  2d,  June  29,  1794,  Mary 
Patch  of  Littleton,  b.  1751;  d.  Dec.  27,  1833. 

He  was  in  the  company  of  Capt.  Jonathan  Davis  in  Col.  Asa  Whitcomb's  regi- 
ment Oct.  6,  1775,  in  the  Revolutionary  army.  Part  of  the  companies  in  this  regi- 
ment were  ordered  to  reinforce  Col.  Prescott  in  the  battle  of  Bunker  Hill,  June  17, 
He  made  his  will  Nov.  8,  1815.  It  was  probated  Oct.  18,  1825.  Son  Elias  was  exec- 
utor.    He  d.  July  11,  1825,  in  W.;  res.  Harvard  and  Winchendon,  Mass. 

Hannah,  b.  Dec.  14,  1772;  m. Carpenter. 

Mary,  b.  Oct.  16,  1776;  m. Keyes. 

LoiS,  b.  Aug.  1,  1779;  m.  Dec.  13,  1802,  Daniel  Ward,  b.  June  21, 
17!<1;  d.  Mar.  8,  1856;  was  a  farmer.  She  d.  Apr.  6,  1853.  Ch.: 
Daniel,  b.  Sept.  10,  1805;  d.  Jan.  27,  1864;  Josiah  Wilder,  b. 
May  18,  1807;  d.  June  18,  1831;  Caroline,  b.  Nov.  5,  1809;  d. 
Aug.  26,  1812;  Calvin  Thomson,  b.  Nov.  24,  1812;  d.  June  19, 
1867;  Emery  Whitney,  b.  Oct.  4,  1815;  d.  Apr.  6,  1833;  Charles 
Kendall,  b.  July  7,  1819;  present  address  Denver,  Colo.,  358 
Lincoln  Ave.;  Adaline  Nancy,  b.  Dec.  11,  1822;  d.  Aug.  30,  1856. 

2484,     iv.        Nancy,  b.  Aug.  8,  1785;  m.  Ward.    A  son  is  John  Ward; 

res.  Pavilion  Center,  N.  Y. 
Jacob,  b.  Oct.,  1776. 
Eli,  b.  May  17,  1783. 

Emory,  b.  Oct.  1,  1791;  m.  Lydia  Locke  and  Thankful  G.  Morey. 
Silas,  b. 


















2491 J^ 


Elias,  b.  June  16,  1797;  m.  Fannie  Demary. 
Sarah,  b.  Oct.  27,  1794;  d.  July  26,  1797. 
Martha  Ann,  b.  May  22,  1812;  d.  young. 
Mary  Percy,  b.  July  25,  1814;  d.  young. 
Emery  W.  Whitney,  of  Sturges,  Mich.,  and   Mrs.  Seneca  Whitney  Upton,  of 
Keene,  N.  H.,  are  descendants  of  Jacob  Whitney. 

1039.  Richard  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Harvard,  Feb.  2,  1752;  m.  Dec.  15,  1772,  Mercy  Willard. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard  where  he  always  resided.  April  19,  1775,  he  was  in 
Capt.  Fairbanks  company  from  Harvard  in  the  provincial  regiment  of  foot  of  alarm 
men  in  Col.  Whitcomb's  regiment  which  marched  to  Cambridge.  In  July,  1777,  he 
was  in  the  reinforcements  sent  from  Harvard  to  assist  Gen.  Benj.  Lincoln  who  was 
then  harassing  the  rear  of  the  invading  army.  During  1777  he  served  in  the  com- 
panies of  Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitney  and  Capt.  Hills  from  Harvard.  In  Aug.  and 
Sept.,  1778,  he  was  in  Capt.  Sawyer's  company  that  took  part  in  the  operations  in 
Rhode  Island.     In  1799  and  1800  he  was  selectman;  res  Harvard,  Mass. 

Betsey  Willard,  b.  June  5, 1774. 

Polly,  b.  Mar.  26,  1777. 

Levi,  b.  Apr.  16,  1781;  m.  Sarah . 

Polly,  b.  Apr.  15,  1789. 

















1041.  Reuben  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Har- 
vard, 21,  1758;  m.  Lucy  Fairbank;  b.  Mar.  24,  1764. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard  and  worked  on  his  father's  farm.  When  but  eighteen 
years  of  age  he  enlisted  in  the  Revolutionary  army  in  the  company  of  Capt.  Sarg- 
ent of  Princeton,  and  regiment  commanded  by  Col.  Stearns  of  Lunenburg.  This  was 
assigned  to  a  special  brigade  which  was  raised  to  repulse  the  advance  of  Sir  Henry 
Clinton  in  Rhode  Island.  He  was  selectman  in  1801,  1804  and  1805;  res.  Harvard, 

Lucy,  b.  Jan.  24,  1782. 

Reuben,  b.  Aug.  11,  1783;  m.  Milley  Pollard. 

Mercy  Fairbank,  b.  July  25,  1786. 

ZiMRi,  b.  May  29,  1795. 

1042.  James  Whitney  (Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard 
May  29,  1760;  m.  May  27,  1783,  Rachel  Lawton,  b.  Dec.  7, 1760;  d.  Apr.  14,  1803;  m. 
2d,  Oct.  20,  1803,  Lucy  Reed;  m.  3d,  Dec.  8,  1811,  Susan  Whitney,  b.  in  1785;  d.  Sept. 
19,  1848.     He  was  selectman  in  1808-9. 

James  Whitney's  widow's  dower,  late  of  Harvard,  asks  for  her  dower;  name  of 
•wife  Susan,  Mar.  13,  1817.  James  Whitney's  real  estate,  late  of  Harvard;  Richard 
Whitney,  Jr.,  asks  for  a  settlement  Feb.  9,  1819.  Richard  Whitney,  Jr.,  Amos  Batch- 
eller,  Rachel  Batcheller,  John  Whitney,  Isaac  Whitney,  guar,  for  Lucy  Whitney  Jef- 
ferson, Mary  and  Hiram  sign,  saying  they  are  satisfied,  Feb.  27,  18l9.  He  d.  Feb., 
1817;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

2500.  i.  Richard,  b.  Mar.  30,  1784;  m.  Sally  Turner. 

2501.  ii.         Jeremiah  Lawton,  b.  Aug.  13,  1788.     He  was  a  clockmaker  and 

res.  in  Shirley.  His  estate  was  settled  in  1815.  Richard,  Jr.,  of 
Harvard,  was  admr.  At  the  auction  sale  of  his  effects  his 
brother  John  bought  his  watch. 

2502.  iii.        Rachel,  b.  July  21,  1791;  m.   Dec.  15,  1812,  Amos   Batchelor,  of 

John,  b.  July  20,  1796. 
Lucy,  b.  July  23,  1804. 
Jefferson,  b.  Apr.  26,  1806. 
Mary,  b.  Dec.  17,  1809. 
Hiram,  b.  Mar.  11,  1815;  m.  Martha  Ann  Whitney. 

1045.  Josiah  Whitney  (Josiah,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Feb.  25,  1753;  m.  in  Harvard,  Jan.  10,  1776,  Anna  Scollav,  bap.  Apr.  18,  1756; 
d.  Nelson,  N.  H.,  Mar.  8,  1824. 

Josiah  Whitney,  son  of  Gen.  Josiah  Whitney,  was  born  in  Harvard,  Mass.,  where 
he  resided  until  shortly  after  the  Revolutionary  war,  when  he  moved  to  Nelson,  N. 
H.,  where  he  ever  after  resided  and  conducted  an  extensive  farm.  "  Josiah  Whitney, 
Jr.,  was  a  private  in  the  Minute  Men  from  Harvard,  Mass.,  at  the  Lexington  alarm, 
April  19,  1775.  Also  private  in  Capt.  Manassah  Sawyer's  companv,  Col.  Dike's  regi- 
ment, Massachusetts  Militia,  1776,  at  Dorchester  Heights."  He  d.  Jan.  2,  1827;  res. 
Harvard,  Mass.,  and  Nelson,  N.  H. 

2507.  i.  Nancy,  b.  Apr.  12,  1777;  m.  Nathaniel  Breed,  of  Nelson.     He  d. 

Oct.  10,  1837,  at  Alstead,  N.  H.  She  d.  Mar.  23,  1859.  Ch.: 
Whitney,  b.  Apr.  27,  1810;  m.  Oct.  26,  1837;  Persis  B.  Hatch,  res. 
Alstead  Center,  N.  H. 

2508.  ii.         Sally,  b.  June  26,  1778;  m.  June  15,  1802,  Capt.  Pius  Upton  Bur- 

nap.  She  d.  Feb.  26,  1846.  He  was  b.  in  Reading,  Mass.,  Feb, 
5,  1775;  d.  Aug.  11,  1827;  res.  Nelson,  N.  H.  Ch.:  John,  b.  Apr. 
4,  1803;  d.  May  13,  1803;  Upton,  b.  June  20,  1804;  m.  Harriet 
Batchelder,  and  d.  Aug.  13,  1854;  Josiah,  b.  Aug.  26,  1805;  m. 
Miranda  Adams;  d.  1892;  Eli,  b.  Feb.  15,  1807;  d.  Jan.  22,  1837; 
Polly,  b.  Sept.  20,  1808;  d.  May  1,  1811;  Nancv,  b.  May  13,  1810; 
m.  Sept.  30,  1828,  Asa  Taft,  and  d.  Feb.  22,  1887;  a  dau.,  Nancy 
Marietta  Taft,  res.  Keene,  N.  H.;  Mary,  b.  June  26,  1812;  m. 
Mar.  5,  1840,  Reuel  Nims,  and  d.  Mar.  24,  1869;  Lura,  b.  Apr.  3, 
1814;  m.  Nov.  14,1837,  Maynard  Wilson;  James,  b.  Sept.  6,  1816; 
m.  Oct.  17,  1840,  Mary  Gilman;  George,  b.  July  15,  1818;  m. 
Susan  M.  Sherwin,  Mary  F.  Reynolds  and  Charlotte  Harris 
Atwood;  Laura,  b.  Oct.  13,  1819;  d.  Aug.  28,  1822;  Lorin,  b.  Oct. 
13,  1819;  d.  Sept.  11,  1822. 












2509.  iii.        Lois,  b.  Mar.  15, 1781;  m.  Ezra  Wardwell.    They  res.  Nelson,  N. 

H.  He  d.  in  Sullivan,  N.  H.,  June  3,  1845;  she  d.  there  Jan.  16, 
1859.  Ch.:  Lois,  b.  Apr.  1.  1801;  d.  July  20,  1880;  Ichabod 
Nichols,  b.  Dec.  6,  1802;  d.  Mar.,  1859;  Ezekiel,  b.  Aug.  18,  1804; 
m.  Mary  Gate;  d.  abt.  1840;  Phebe,  b.  Aug.  1,  1806;  d.  in  infancy, 
no  date;  Lucy,  b.  May  30,  1808;  d.  Apr.  27,  1859;  Emily,  b.  Apr. 
8,  1810;  d.  May  3,  1811;  Ezra,  b.  Mar.  17, 1812;  d.  Sept.  24,  1850; 
Harriet,  b.  June  11,  1314;  d.  1874;  Hersey,  b.  Feb.  4,  1817;  m. 
Sarah  M.  Emerson,  and  d.  Aug.  1,  1871;  a  ciau.  m.  Charles  Stay, 
and  res.  Greenfield,  Mass.;  Granville,  b.  Dec.  9,  1819;  d.  June 
24,  1858.  The  children  of  Lois  Whitney  and  Ezra  Wardwell 
.  are  all  dead;  for  further  information  in  regard  to  their  descend- 
ants reference  is  given  as  follows:  Those  of  Lcrts  Wardwell, 
to  J.  R.  Beal,  Keene,  N.  H.;  of  I.  N.  Wardwell,  to  Mrs.  Albert 
G.  Nims,  Keene,  N.  H.;  of  Lucy,  to  W.  H.  Buckminster,  Keene 
N.  H.;  of  Ezra,  to  Granville  Wardwell,  Winchester,  N.  H.;  of 
Harriet,  to  Mrs.  J.  N.  Nims,  Sullivan,  N.  H.;  of  Granville,  to 
Mrs.  Mary  L.  Campbell,  Great  Falls,  Mont. 

2510.  iv.        Stephen,  b,  July  1,  1784;  m.  Mary  A.  Burgess. 

2511.  V.         Lucy,  b. ;  m.  June  4,  1811,  Asa  Lawrence,  b.  Aug.  21,  1795; 

d.  Oct.  8, 1862.  Shed.  Jan.  16,  1829;  res.  Nelson,  N.  H.  Ch.: 
Laura,  b.  Oct.  28.  1812;  m.  Sept.  1831,  Geo.  W.  Towns,  and  d. 
Mar.  5,  1858;  Lara,  b.  Mar.  6,  1815;  d.  July  29,  1818;  Justus,  b. 
Feb.  19,  1817;  m.  Nov.  4,  1852,  Caroline  E.  Trust,  of  Derby,  Vt.; 
he  d.  Dec.  21,  1872;  Loren  Woodbury,  b.  May  3,  1819;  d.  Sept. 
29,  1865,  at  Honolulu,  Sandwich  Islands;  Lara,  b.  Apr.  15, 1822; 
d.  Apr.  4,  1825;  Josiah  Whitney,  b.  June  6,  1827;  d.  June  22, 1832. 

2512.  vi.        Josiah,  b.  Feb.  24,  17^2;  m.  Sarah  Ernes. 

2513.  vii.       James,  b.  Dec.  26,  1789;  m.  Anna  Goss. 

2514.  viii.      Lydia,  b.  July  6,    1795;    m.  1818,   Henry    Melville,   b. ;  d. 

.     She   d.   Jan.   8,   1864;  res.   Nelson,   N.   H.     Ch.:  Sarah 

Minot,  b.  Oct.  5,  1818;  m.  Dr.  Leonard  French;  d.  in  Ashby, 
Mass.,  Sept  11,  1849,  leaving  son  Leonard   Melville  French,  b. 

July  26,  1849,  who  m. Blood,  and  res.  in  Manchester,  N.  H.; 

Josiah  Henrv,  b.  Dec.  18,  1820;  m.  Nancy  Rebecca  Nesmith, 
Oct.  15,  1857;  d.  Mar.  19,  1885,  in  Nelson,  N.  H.;  3  ch.,  (1) 
Henry,  b.  Aug.  25,  1858. 

Mr.  Melville,  for  four  years  last  past  secretary  of  the  Repub- 
lican Club  of  the  city  of  New  York,  and  of  the  Harvard  Law 
School  Association,  and  now  one  of  the  non-commissioned  offi- 
cers of  Company  "  B  "  Seventh  Regiment,  was  graduated  at 
Dartmouth  in  1879,  and  in  1884  took  the  Master's  Degree  and 
LL.  B.,  cum  laude,  at  Harvard.  He  prepared  for  college  at  the 
Rev.  Dr.  Leach's  school  at  Keene,  N.  H. 

At  Dartmouth  he  was  a  member  of  a  well  known  local  soci- 
ety, the  Kappa  Kappa  Kappa,  one  of  the  oldest  and  best  in  the 
institution,  and,  on  the  completion  of  his  course,  was  a  com.- 
mencement  debater  with  the  Hon.  Hiram  D.  L'pton,  late  speak- 
er of  the  N.  H.  House  of  Representatives  on  the  question,  "  Is 
Suffrage  a  Birthright?" 

After  spending  two  years  as  principal  of  the  high  school  at 
Winchendon,  Mass.,  he  entered  Harvard,  where  he  remained 
three  years,  and  was  honored  by  being  appointed  by  the  faculty 
to  represent  the  law  school,  at  the  university  commencement 
in  1884,  with  an  oration  on  the  subject  of  "  National  Regulation 
of  Inter-State  Commerce." 

Coming  from  there  to  New  York,  he  entered  the  office  of 
James  C.  Carter,  the  distinguished  leader  of  the  local  bar,  and 
was  admitted  to  practice  in  June,  1885.  In  December  of  that 
year  he  formed  a  business  association  with  Senator  Roscoe 
Conkling,  which  continued  till  the  latter's  death  in  1888.  Later 
he  became  a  member  of  a  partnership  with  Hon.  Daniel  Dough- 
erty and  William  A.  Sweetser  (assistant  corporation  counsel), 
and  also  was  one  of  the  editorial  writers  in  an  edition  of 
"  Smith's  Leading  Cases." 




He  has  at  all  times  taken  an  active  interest  in  public  affairs 
and  in  the  Presidential  campaign  of  1888  made  upward  of 
thirty  speeches  for  Harrison.  As  a  National  Guardsman  he 
engages  enthusiastically  in  rifle  practice,  and  has  gained  some 
distinction  by  his  shooting  in  competitions  as  a  member  of  his 
company's  team. 

He  is  a  member  of  the  Harvard  Club,  Republican  Club,  Bar 
Association,  Phi  Beta  Kappa  Alumni,  and  Sons  of  the  Revolu- 
tion. Apropos  of  the  latter,  it  is  interesting  to  note  that  on  less 
than  eight  of  his  ancestors  fought  for  American  independence, 
viz.:  Josiah  Melville,  Josiah  Melville,  Jr.,  Capt.  Jonas  Minot, 
James  Nesmith,  Reuben  Gregg,  Sergeant  Adam  Dickey,  Gener- 
al Josiah  Whitney  and  Josiah  Whitney,  Jr.  The  two  Melvilles, 
two  Whitneys  and  Minot  were  at  Concord,  the  elder  Whitney 
and  Nesmith  at  Bunker  Hill,  and  Dickey  and  Gregg  at  Ben- 

Mr.  Melville  stands  well'  among  his  contemporaries  at  the 
New  York  bar,  and  reflects  credit  upon  Dartmouth,  his  alma 

(2)  Arthur  Nesmith,  b.  Aug.  10,  1861;  d.  Jan.  13, 1883;  (3)  Car- 
oline Lydia,  b.  Oct.  10,  1865;  d.  Aug.  15,  1885,  in  Nelson,  N.  H.; 
Caroline  Lydia,  b.  Jan.  17,  1822;  m.  Francis  W.  Wright,  of  Ash- 
by,  Mass.;  d.  in  Ashby,  Mass.,  Jan.  4,  1864;  buried  in  Nelson, 
N.  H.;  2  ch.,  (1)  Henry  Melville,  d.  young;  (2)  Dascomb  Francis; 
(4)  Ann  Maria,  Ij.  Apr.  9, 1825;  m.  Dr.  Leonard  French  (2d  wife),  d. 
Jan.  6,  1864;  one  child,  Henry  Minot,  b.  Apr.  1,  1853;  Dr.  Leon- 
ard d.  in  Manchester,  N.  H.,  Feb.,  1892;  (5)  Lucy  Eveline,  b.  Dec. 
12,  1828;  d.  Feb.  5,  1832,in  Nelson,  N.  H  ;  (6)  Mary  Jane,  b.  Nov. 
17,  1832;  m.  Rev.  Samuel  H.  Tolman;  d.  Aug.  31,  1875;  buried 
in  Nelson,  N.  H.;  ch.,  Mary  Melville,  b.  June  9,  1858;  Edward 
Howe,  b.  Apr.  30,  1860;  d.  Mar.  14,  1877. 

2515.  ix.        ScoLLAY,  b.  Oct.  6,  1798;  m. ;  d.  Lynn,  Mass. 

2516.  X.         Betsey,  b.  June  4,  1801;  m.  Dec.  31,  1822,  Capt.  Asa  Spaulding, 

res.  Nelson.  He  was  b.  May  14,  1796.  Ch.:  Sylvester,  m.  Sarah 
Searles,  of  Townsend,  Mass.;  res.  Keene,  N.  H.;  Alfred,  m. 
C.  Ann  Bromley,  of  Danby,  Vt.     She  d.  Mar.  7,  1869. 

1047.  Stephen  Whitney  (Josiah,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Har- 
vard, Mass.,  May  1,  1757;  m.  Feb.  6,  1783,  Persis  Locke;  b.  1757;  d.  June  25,  1806,  in 

He  was  born  in  Harvard,  and  resided  in  Roxbury,  N.  H.  He  sensed  in  the  Revo- 
lutionary war,  and  participated  in  the  battle  of  Bennington,  in  1777;  was  in  the  com- 
pany from  Harvard,  commanded  by  Capt.  Hezekiah  Whitney.  From  1798  to  1808, 
he  kept  an  inn  at  Bloody  Brook,  in  Deerfield,  Mass.,  near  the  site  of  the  Indian  mas- 
sacre of  1675.  In  1809  he  resided  in  Sterling.  He  d.  in  Lynn,  Mass.;  res.  Shutes- 
bury,  Deerfield  and  Lynn,  Mass. 


Polly,  b.  Mar.  2,  1783;  m.  Benjamin  Marsh,  of  Deerfield. 
i.         Stephen,  b.  June  6,  1785;  d.  Julv  20,  1786. 

ii.        Betsey,  b.  Sept.  8,  1787;  m.  lS08,  Abraham   Sanderson,  Jr.,  b 
Aug.  2,  1781;  d.l821;  m.2d  Lucius  Graham;  b. ;  d 

m.  3d  Ebenezer  Saxton;  b. ;  d. .    She  d.  1840.    Ch. 

Perises,  b.  Oct.  30,  1809;  m.  Ansel  C.  Delano;  she  d.  Sept.  1838 
Clarissa,  b.  May  31,  1812;  m.  Henry  Church;  res.  Ohio;  Try- 
phena,  b.  Nov.  2,  1814;  m.  Alson  Cole,  d.  s.  p.  1850;  Dwight 
Whitney,  b.  Mar.  1,  1817;  m.  1850,  Harriett  N.  Grover;  res.  Sun- 
derland; Tryphosa  Elvira,  b.  Feb.  10,  1820;  m.  Ephraim  H. 
Curtiss;  res.  Newton;  Lucius  (Graham),  b.  Mar.  7,  1824;  m. 
Minerva  Kingsbury;  3  ch.;  res.  Conway. 

2520.  iv.        Cynthia,  b.  Apr.  14,  1790;  m.  Jan.  1,  1814,  Jonathan  Currier,  of 

Concord,  N.  H.  Ch.:  Wm.  Jackson,  b.  Feb.  21,  1815;  graduated 
Andover  and  Amherst,  M.  D.;  m.  Susan  B.  Spalding;  Chas.  W., 
b.  Mar.  9,  1817;  studied  medicine  and  went  to  Texas;  Simon 
Pender,  b.  Aug.  19,  1822;  m.  Elizabeth  Wakeman;  res.  Milwau- 
kee ^^is. 

2521.  v.         CLARissA.b.  May  27, 1793;  d.  unm.  at  L.,  Mar.  20,  1811. 


2522.  vi.  Susan,  b.  June  9,  1795;  m.  Aug.  8,  1816,  Richard  Richards.  He 
d.  Dec.  19,  1851;  res.  Lynn,  Mass.  Ch.:  Lydia  M.,  b.  Apr.  29, 
1817^  m.  1832,  Albert  T.  Goodwin;  res.  Lynn;  Jos.  W.,  b.  May  25, 
1820;  m.  Jan.  22,  1821;  Bridget  H.,  b.  Apr.  26,  1825;  m.  1839, 
Amos  W.  Fisher. 

2528.    vii.       Stephen,  b.  Aug.  6,  1797;  d.  at  D.,  Aug.  24,  1803. 

2524.  viii.      Elvira,  b.  Mar.  2,  1804;  m.  William  Watts,  of  L. 

1053.  Capt.  Lemuel  Whitney  (Josiah,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b. 
Sept.  19,  1784;  m.  Dec.  4, 1804,  Elizabeth  Hall;  b.  Feb.  6,  1788;  d.  Apr.  30,  1852. 

Capt.  Lemuel  Whitney  was  the  son  of  Gen.  Josiah,  and  was  born  in  Harvard, 
Mass.  He  was  eleven  years  of  age  when  his  father  moved  from  Harvard  to  Ashby. 
He  was  captain  in  the  militia,  and  an  officer  for  six  years.  He  was  fatally  injured 
by  falling  from  a  load  of  hay,  and  died  within  a  few  days.  He  made  his  will  July  6, 
and  it  was  probated  Sept.  6,  1853.     He  d.  July  9,  1853;  res.  Ashburnham,  Mass. 

2525.  i.  Henry  H.,  b.  June  11,  1805;  m.  Caroline  F.  Bailey. 

2526.  ii.         Dwell,  b.  Sept.  10,  1807;  m.  Emily  Derby,  and  Mrs.  Rebecca 

(Gilson)  Crouch. 

2527.  iii.        Otis,  b.  Nov.  14,  1809;  m.  Hannah  Parker. 

2528.  iv.        Betsey,  b.  Mar.  18,  1812;  m.  Feb.  2,  1832,  Josiah  Derby,  b.  July  4, 

1805,  d.  Apr.  4, 1876;  farmer;  res.  Leominster,  Mass.  Ch.:  Sarah 
E.,  b.  May  23,  1833;  d.  June  13,  1844;  Mary  A.,  b.  Sept.  28,  1834; 
m.  Dec.  19,  1860,  Wm.  Flint;  he  d.  in  the  army;  she  m.  2d  fona 

E.  Goodwin;  she  d.  Sept.  7,  1887;  Jane  E.,  b.  July  9,  1836;  m. 
Feb.  25,  1869, John  W.Whitney,  and  live  at  36  Burnap  street, 
Fitchburg,  Mass.;  Emily  A.,  b.  Jan.  14,  1838;  m.  July  29,  1860, 
George  L.  Fuller,  of  Shirley;  she  d.  July  7,  1867;  left  one  dau., 
Nellie  M.;  Euranie,  b.  Apr  30,  1839;  m.  June  2,  1859,  Boardman 

F.  Warren,  of  West  Townsend,  Mass.;  they  live  there  now; 
Josiah,  b.  Nov.  20,  1840;  d.  June  17,  1844;  Franklin  G.,  b.  June 
10,  1842;  d.  July  20,  1842;  Julia  R.,  b.  May  26.  1843;  m.  Nov.  21, 
1866,  Joseph  N.  Day,  of  Lancaster;  live  in  Leominster,  Mass.; 
has  one  son,  Melvin  J.,  b.  Nov.  6,  1870;  Joseph  H.,  b.  Oct.  21, 
1844;  d.  May  26,  1866;  Harriet  E.,  b.  July  31,  1846;  m.  Mar.  23, 
1875,  Lafayette  W.  Pierce,  Esq.,  of  Winchendon;  live  in 
Gainesville,  Ga.;  Sarah  A.,  b.  Sept.  6,  1848;  m.  Oct.  10,  1874, 
Lewis  Morse,  of  St.  Albans,  Vt.;  live  in  Townsend,  Mass.; 
Francena  E.,  b.  Oct.  3,  1850. 

2529.  v.         Lemuel,  b.  Aug.  9,  1818;  m.  Almira  G.  Pollard. 

2530.  vi.        Nancy,  b.  June  23,  1822;  res.  Ashby, 

1054.  Daniel  Whitney  (Josiah,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Oct.  25 
1786;  m.  Mar.  10,  1808,  Hannah  Shedd,  of  Waltham,  Mass. 

Daniel  Whitney  was  born  in  Mass.  He  was  a  master  mason  builder,  and 
moved  with  his  family  from  Boston,  Mass.,  in  1825,  on  a  sloop  with  all  his  worldly 
goods  and  family,  consisting  of  ten  children.  It  took  a  week  to  make  the  trip.  He 
resided  in  New  York  City,  and  died  at  the  age  of  82.  He  made  all  the  arrange- 
ments for  his  funeral  one  year  before  he  died — chose  eight  pall  bearers  from  among 
his  most  intimate  friends  of  long  standing.  He  had  a  presentiment  one  year  before 
he  died  that  he  would  die  that  year.  There  are  many  elegant  residences  standing 
now  that  he  erected.  He  was  very  active  after  the  great  fire  of  1835.  He.  d.  Apr. 
18,  1869;  res.  Waltham  and  Boston,  Mass.,  and  New  York  City,  N.  Y. 

Daniel  J.,  b.  Feb.  11,  1809;  d.  San  Francisco,  Cal.,  Feb.  10,  1850. 
Hannah  Maria,  b.  Oct.  10,  1810;  d.  unm.  Dec.  25,  1859. 
George,  b.  Oct.  30,  1812;  d.  at  sea. 
Josiah  M.,  b.  Jan.  19, 1814;  m.  Mary  Jane  Ayers. 
Edward  Oliver,  b.  Dec.  24,  1816;  m.  Eliza  Lawrence. 
Lucy  Jane,  b.  Dec.  16.  1818;  m.  Oct.  19,  1854,  George  B.  Revere, 
b.  Jan.  26,  1823;    d.  Dec.  11,  1882.     She  d.  Jan.  11,  1861.     Ch.: 
Susanna  W.,  b.  Apr.  23,  1857;  res.  572  No.  Carey  St.,  Brockton, 
Mass.;  Paul,  b.  Feb.  20,  1860;  m.  and  res.  W.  Bridgewater,  Mass. 
This  was  Mr.  Revere's  second  marriage.     By  his  first  wife  he 
had  two  ch.     After  Lucy  Jane's  death  he  m.  3d,  Oct.  4, 1868 
Arabella  Groves  in  Yarmouth,  Me.;  ch.,  Jennie  Belle,  b.  Aug.  2 
1869;  d.  Sept.  8,  1870. 












2537.  vii.      Susanna,  b.  Feb.  24,  1821;  res.  68  Bank  St.,  New  York  Citv. 

2538.  viii.     Benjamin  Shurtliff,  b.  Nov.  6,  1822;  d.  Aug.  6,  1850. 

2539.  ix.       Abigail,  b.  Nov.  21,  1824;  m.  Theodore  Crowell;  res.   Dillsburg,. 

Pa.     Ch.:  Whitney,  b. ;  res.  Arlington,  N.  J. 

2540.  X.         William  Minott,  b.  Jan.  2,  1827;  m.  Amelia  Cook. 

2541.  xi.       Warren  Webster,  b.  Mar.  12,  1829;  m.  Jenny  A.  Bard. 

2542.  xii.      Sarah  Louisa,  b.  Sept.  26,  1881;  d.  Aug.  14, 1832. 

1056.     Moses  Gill  Whitney  (Josiah,  Richard,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Feb. 
4, 1791;  m.  Ann  Shields;  res.  Bennington,  Vt. 

2543.  iii.       Josiah,  b. ;  m.  Sarah  Dickenson. 

2544.  i.  Lewis,  b. ;  m. .     He  d.  in  Greenfield,  Mass.,  leaving 

two  ch.  The  widow  and  son  went  west  and  d.  there.  The 
other  child  was  a  dau. 

2545.  ii.         Royal,  b. ;  m. .     He  m.  twice  and  d.  in  Bennington, 

Vt.,  leaving  a  dau. 

2546.  iv.        Moses  Gill,  b.  Apr.  30,  1821;  m.  Nov.  28,  1844,  Charlotte  W. 

Farnsworth,  b.  Dec.  6,  1820.  He  d.  s.  p.  Jan.  26,  1852;  res. 
Chicopee,  Mass. 

2547.  V,         Dau,  b. ;  d.  infancy. 

1059.  Joshua  Whitney  (Caleb,  Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard,. 
Feb.  18,  1764;  m.  in  Sterling,  Mass.,  1783,  Vashti  Knight,  b.  1759.  His  widow  peti- 
tions the  court  for  her  third  of  the  estate  Oct.  20,  1812.  She  d.  Sterling,  Oct.,  1832. 
He  d.  July,  1812;  res.  Gardner,  Mass. 

Oliver,  b.  Apr.  28,  1784;  m.  Rebecca  Nichols. 

Joshua,  b.  Feb.  9,  1786;  d.  Feb.  16,  1792. 

Dorcas,  b.  Jan.  14,  1798;  m.  Edmond  Nichols.  Ch.:  Joel  and 
Betsey.     They  res.  Gardner,  Mass. 

Dolly,  b.  Mar.  28,  1790;  d.  May  9,  1791. 

Joseph,  b.  Mar.  24,  1792;  m.  Nancy  Sawin. 

Dolly,  b.  Sept.  27,  1793;  m.  Asa  Holden. 

Joshua,  b.  Mar.  24,  1795;  d.  May  2,  1795. 

John,  b.  Apr.  21,  1796;  m.  Rachel  Osgood. 

Joel,  b.  Apr.  13,  1798;  d.  Mar.  15,  1801. 

Ebenezer,  b.  Aug.  1,  1800;  d.  bef.  1812. 

Silas,  b.  Nov.  11,  1804;  d.  bef.  1812. 

Mary,  b.  Dec.  20,  1807;  m.  John  Sawyer. 

1065.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Caleb,  Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Sept. 
18,  1768;  m.  Lucy  Wheeler,  b.  June  6,  1771.  She  d.  Sterling,  Mass.,  Jan,  2,  1856.  He 
made  his  will  Apr.  13,  1835,  and  it  was  probated  May  1,  1847.  He  d.  Feb.  18,  1847; 
res.  Sterling,  Mass. 

2560.    i.  Lucy,  b.  May  11,  1794;  m.  Sept.  2,  1813,  Calvin  Wheeler,  b.  Aug. 

4,  1788;  d.  Jan.  2,  1860.  She  d.  Apr.  11,  1871.  Ch.:  Mary  Hap- 
good,  b.  Apr.  22,  1814;  d.  Aug.  14,  1842;  Jonathan  Whitney,  b. 
Nov.  7,  1816;  m.  Aug.  15,  1850;  d.  July  22,  1889;  Levi,  b.  May 
22,  1819;  m.  Apr..  1844;  d.  Nov.  12,  1883;  Betsey,  b.  Nov.  4,. 
1821;  d.  Aug.  31,  1825;  Lucy.  b.  Oct.  30, 1826;  d.  May  18,  1837; 
Elizabeth,  b.  Jan.  3,  1830;  m.  Feb.  4,  1851,  D.  F.  Messinger;  res. 
29  Myrtle  St..  Worcester,  Mass.;  Lydia  Ann,  b.  Oct.  31,  1831;  d. 
May  10,  1837;  George  Gay,  b.  Oct.  7,  1835;  d.  Oct.  14,  1844; 
Charles,  b.  July  1,  1838;  res.  Lake  Forest,  111. 

2.561  ii.  Priscilla,  b.  Jan.  9,  1797;  m.  in  1816,  Leonard  Mason,  b.  Jan.  25, 
1789;  d.  Feb.  7,  1863.  She  d.  Apr.  6,  1879.  Ch.:  Mary,  b.  Dec. 
28,  1817;  m.  May  17,  1837,  Amos  E.  Kendall;  res.  E.  Princeton, 
Mass.;  Betsey  M.,  b.  Jan.  26,  1820;  m.  May,  1843,  Lysander  B. 
Barnes.    She  d.  Oct.  31,  1863;  Joel  W.,  b.  Oct.  30,  1821;  m.  May 

5,  1847,  Mary  E.  Thomas.  He  d.  July  5,  1894.  He  was  b.  in 
East  Princeton.  At  his  death  he  was  senior  member  of  the  firm 
of  J.  W.  Mason  &  Co.,  chair  and  furniture  manufacturers  in 
New  York  City  and  at  Hunter.  His  character  was  firm  and 
commanding,  but  with  a  keen  sense  of  the  humorous — at  all 
times  ready  to  see  and  appreciate  a  joke,  and  always  ready 
with  a  pleasantry.     He  looked  on  the   bright  side  of  life,  was 


























never  discouraged,  but  bravely  met  and,overcame  all  obstacles- 
Meanness  of  any  description  excited  his  contempt,  and  honesty 
and  integrity  were  his  constant  precept  and  practice.  He  was 
born  to  command,  and  was  only  satisfied  when  command  de- 
volved upon  him.  It  may  be  recollected  by  some  that  while 
Hon.  Chester  A.  Arthur  was  President  of  the  United  States  he 
visited  Hunter  as  the  guest  of  Col.  Mason.  He  held  many  posi- 
tions of  honor  at  various  times;  Fanny,  b.  Sept.  30,  1823;  m. 
Nov.  23,  1842,  Peter  M.  Keyes;  res.  E.  Princeton;  Silas,  b.  Apr. 
6,  1826;  m.  Clementina  Ballou  and  Maria  Wheeler;  res.  Heart- 
wellville,  Vt.;  Jonathan  W.,  b.  July  20,  1827;  d.  Aug.  26,  1827; 
Jonas  B.,  b.  j;uly  15,  1828;  d.  July  30,  1832;  Marshall,  b.  May  25, 
1830;  m.  twice;  Mar.  15,  1854,  Lucena  M.  Janes,  and  Apr.  8, 
1863,  Elizabeth  P.  Safford;  res.  St.  Albans,  Vt.;  Louisa  E.,  b. 
Jan.  31,  1832;  d.  Mar.  23,  1832;  Hezekiah  W.,  b.  June  12,  1833; 
m.  May  7,  1854,  Phcebe  A.  Hunt;  res.  Baldwinsville,  Mass. 

2562.  iii.        Betsey,  b. ;  m. —Church;  res.  Templeton,  Mass. 

2563.  iv.       Caleb,  b. . 

2564.  V.         Jonathan,  b.  July,  1802;  m.  Lucy  Spaulding,  and  Lorena  French. 

2565.  vi.       Joel,  b. ;  m.  Seraph  W.  Sawyer. 

2566.  vii.      Hezekiah,  b, ;  m.  Eliza  I. .     He  d.  s.  p.,  Fitchburg, 

Mass.,  Feb.  3,  1876. 

2567.  viii.     Joseph,  b.  Sterling,  Nov.  22,  1810;  m. . 

1075.  Wetherbee  Whitney  (Simon,  Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  Johnj.b.  Har- 
vard, Mass.,  May  3, 1746;  m.  there  July  7, 1774,  Abigail  Warner;  b.  Feb.  7,  1746.  He  was 
a  farmer.  His  will  was  probated  Aug.  28,  1776.  He  d.  Oct.  14,  1775;  res.  Harvard, 

2568.  i.  Artemas,  b.  June  8,  1775;  d.  Mar.  1,  1777.     The  wid.  m.  2d,  Sept. 

12,  1778,  Nicholas  Patterson;  res.  Harvard.  He  was  b.  Mar.  22, 
1740.  ^s'icholas  took  up  land  at  Otter  Creek,  Vt.  His  family 
remained  in  H.  While  living  there  in  a  hut  he  d.  in  1790.  Ch. 
by  Abigail:  Abigail, b.  July  22,  1779;  d.  infancv;  Abigail  Willard, 
b.  June  13,  1780;  d.  June  23,  1813;  Artemas,  b.  Apr.  7,  1781; 
Lucinda,  b.  Feb.  25,  1783;  d.  1832;  Anna  Willard,  b.  Mar.  5, 1785; 
Alexander,  b.  May  15, 1787;  d.  unm.  at  sea. 

1086.  Simon  Whitney  (Simon,  Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard,  John),  b.  Harvard. 
Mar.  17,  1770;  m.  there  May  22,  1792,  Polly  Welch;  d.  1840.  He  was  a  licensed  store 
keeper  in  Harvard  from  1792-7.  Simon  Whitney's  will,  late  of  Harvard,  wife  Mary. 
Gives  to  widow  of  brother  Reubin  Meeds  and  her  three  children.  The  residue 
between  brother  Judah  Whitney's  children,  sister  Sarah  Taylor's  children,  sister 
Patience  Willard's  children,  sister  Hannah  Priest's  children,  sister  Amy  Draper's 
children,  brother  Reubin  Meeds'  children;  Thomas  Welch  Bolton,  exec,  Nov.  17, 
1818.  Mary  Whitney's  will,  of  Harvard.  Gives  to  Mary,  wife  of  Wm.  Lock,  of  New- 
ton; Mary,  dau.  of  brother  Thom.  Welch.  Gives  to  Mary  Ann  and  Sophia,  daus.  of 
brother  Silas  Welch ;  brother  Thomas  Welch,  of  Leominster,  Orange  and  Silas  Welch, 
children  of  Silas  Welch;  Thomas  Welch,  exec,  Sept.  5,  1822,  1st  Tues.,  July,  1840. 
He  d.  1818,  s.  p.;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

1091.  Corp.  Phinehas  W^hitney  (Jonathan,  Jonathan,  Richard,  Richard.  John), 
b.  Harvard,  July  3,  1747;  m.  Oct.  31, 1765,  Keziah  Farnsworth.  She  d.  June  26, 1827,  at 
Norway,  Me. 

He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  from  Harvard,  Mass.  First  served  in  Capt. 
Joseph  Moore's  company,  from  Groton,  in  Col.  Wm.  Prescott's  regiment,  enlisting 
when  the  war  broke  out.  From  Feb.  5,  1777,  to  Jan.  28,  1780,  he  was  corporal  in  Capt. 
Benj.  Brown's  company  in  Col.  Michael  Jackson's  regiment.  In  1781  he  re-enlisted 
for  three  years.  At  this  time,  1781,  his  age,  is  given  at  23,  which  is  incorrect.  He 
was  5  feet  11  inches  tall,  dark  complexion,  and  by  occupation  a  farmer.  He  was  at 
the  battle  of  Bunker  Hill  in  the  rear  of  the  breastworks,  against  which  the  British 
troops  were  advancing.  He  had  just  put  the  last  charge  in  his  gun  when  a  British 
officer  mounted  the  works  and  cried  out  "  Rush  on,  the  fort  is  ours."  Whitney  shot 
the  officer  and  clubbing  his  musket  escaped,  though  badly  wounded.  When  he  was 
75  years  of  age  he  was  obliged  to  have  one  of  his  limbs  amputated  on  account  of  the 
wound.    April  11, 1818,  he  was  given  a  pension  by  the  U.  S.  government  for  Revo- 


lutionary  services.  The  town  clerk  at  Norway,  Me.,  writes  as  follows:  According  to  the 
Norway  town  history,  Phinehas  Whitney  lived  in  that  part  of  Norway  known  as  the 
"  Waterford  Three  Tiers,"  and  was  said  to  be  a  Revolutionary  soldier,  and  in  the  battle 
of  Bunker  Hill.  I  am  unable  to  learn  anything  of  his  family,  although  the  history 
speaks  of  his  having  one  son.  He  d.  May  21,  1830,  of  old  age;  res.  Harvard,  Mass., 
and  "  Waterford  Three  Tiers,"  Norway,  Me. 

2569.    i.         Mary,  b.  May  15,  1766,  at  Harvard. 

1108.  Ebenezer  Whitney  (Zachariah,  Ebenezer.  Richard,  John),b.  Mansfield, 
Conn.,  ^iay  28,  1762;  m.  in  Uxbridge,  Mass.,  Dec.  18,  1786,  Rachel  Perne  Rawson,  of 
Uxbridge;  b.  Mendon,  Apr.  3,  1764;  d.  Montague,  Mass.,  Nov.  15,  1819;  m.  2d,  Feb. 
24,  1821,  Lavinia  Burnham  Potter;  b.  Jan. 25,  1788;  d.  Nov. 30,  1866. 

He  was  born  in  Mansfield,  Conn . ,  in  1762,  on  a  farm,  where  he  resided  until  three 
years  of  age  when  he  moved  with  his  parents  to  Montague,  Mass.,  where  he  lived 
until  about  his  majority,  on  attaining  which  he  went  to  Worcester  and  enlisted  as  a 
private  m  the  Continental  army  in  the  company  commanded  by  Capt  Joshua  Pierce 
in  Col.  Bigelow's  regiment,  in  which  he  served  from  Sept.  14, 1777,  until  Dec.  31, 1779. 
In  1780,  according  to  the  army  books,  he  was  a  private  in  Col.  Bigelow's  regiment. 
In  1786,  after  the  war  was  over,  he  was  married  in  Uxbridge  and  returned  to  Mon- 
tague, where  he  ever  after  resided,  except  for  a  short  when  he  lived  in  Conway, 
Mass.  He  received  a  pension  from  the  government  which  began  Apr.  9,  1818;  at  that 
time  it  was  stated  he  was  of  the  Massachusetts  continental  line.  He  followed  agri- 
cultural pursuits  all  his  life  after  the  war.  He  was  given  a  pension  by  the  govern- 
ment May  6, 1818,  when  70  years  of  age.  He  d.  Mar.  31,  1855;  res.  Conway  and  Mon- 
tague, Mass. 

•  Asa  R.,  b.  Jan.  31,  1803;  d.  unm.  at  Montague,  1871. 

Isaac,  b.  Jan.  22,  1788;  m.  Laura  Montague. 

Emory,  b.  Oct.  6,  1794;  m.  Rosanna  Selleck. 

Otis,  b.  Feb.  1,  1790;  m.  Thirza  Glazier. 

Appollus,  b.  Dec.  2,  1791;  m.  Charlotte  Hamilton. 

Ebenezer,  b.  June  29,  1799;  m.  Dianna  Hildreth. 

Sophia,  b.  Dec.  13,  1796;  m.  Ira  Benjamin.    She  d.  Mar.  19,  1850. 

Joseph  M.,  b.  Jan.  11, 1824;  m.  Mary  Hunt. 

1119.  Ezekiel  Whitney  (Ezekiel,  Ezekiel,  Ebenezer,  Richard,  John),  b.  Plain- 
field,  Conn.,  May  15,  1758;  m.  at  Stamford,  Nov.  17,  1788,  Phebe  Hoyt,  of  Stamford. 
He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  and  bore  the  character  of  an  excellent  pious  man 
and  was  beloved,  esteemed  and  respected  by  all.  He  d.  Apr.  25,  1835;  res.  Stam- 
ford, Conn,  and  Waterford,  N.  Y. 

2578.     i.  Sarah,  b.  Mar.  8,  1785;  m.  at  W.  May  23,  1801,   Daniel  McGiver; 

res.  W.     He  d.  there  Feb.  23,  1827,  ae.  52.     She  d.  Mar.  7,  1872. 
He  was  in  the  war  of  1812. 
Ezekiel  Hoyt,  b.  Apr.  16,  1788;  m.  Elizabeth  Ostrander. 
Phebe,  b.  Mar.  19,  1794;  d.  Sept.  9,  1795. 
Lucy,  b.  Oct.  7,  1797;  m.  Foster  King.     She  d.  Dec.  22,  1868. 
Abigail,  b.  Oct.  7,  1797;  d.  May  30,  1802. 

1123a.  Sergt.  Ebenezer  Whitney  (Ebenezer,  Ezekiel,  Ebenezer,  Richard, 
John),  b.  Worcester,  Mass.,  in  1759;  m.  there  Martha  Gates,  b.  Apr.  1760:  d.  Sept.  18, 
1847,  He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  for  six  and  one-half  years,  first  serving  in  a 
Worcester  company.     He  d.  June  17,  1836;  res.  Worcester,  Mass. 

2581a.  1.         Ebenezer,  b.  May  23,  1788;  m.  Annis  Kingsbury. 

2582a.  ii.        Betsey,  b. 2584a.  i  v.       Ann,  b. 

2583a.  iii.       Polly,  b. 2585a.  v.        Patty,  b. 

All  d.  in  Worcester,  Mass. 

1125.  Enoch  Whitney  (David,  Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John;,  b.  Harvard, 

Mass.,  Sept.  25,  1756;  m.  Hannah .     He  was  in  the  Revolutionary  war  in  the 

company  from  Harvard  commanded  by  Capt.  Sargent;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

2582.  i.  Sally,  b.  Feb.  21,  1780;    m.   Nov.  1,  1808,  at   Harvard,  Elijah 


2583.  ii.         William,  b.  Feb.  27,  1786;  m.  Betsey  Farnsworth. 

2584.  iii.        Lydia,  b.  July  27,  1792. 

1126.  Isaac  Whitney  (David,  Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Nov.  27, 
1761,  in  Harvard;  m.  Mar.  22,  1785,  Susannah  Fletcher;  res.  Harvard,  Ashburnham 
and  Ashby,  Mass.,  1786. 

























2585.  i.  Isaac,  b.  Jan.  18,  1787;  m.  1809,  Sally  Broughton;  res.  Ashburn- 

ham  and  Ashby,  Mass. 

2586.  ii.         DAViD.b.  Mar.  14,1789.  2589.     v,         Polly,  b.  Feb.  3,  1796. 

2587.  iii.        Susannah,  b.  Mar,  14,  2f.90.    vi.        Nabby,  b.  Mar.  12,  1798. 

1791.  2591.    vii.      Samuel,  b.  July  2.  1807. 

2588.  iv,       BETSEV,b.  Oct.  30, 1792. 

2592.  viii,     Zimri,  b.  June  17,  1809;  d.  1879.     He  m.   1834,  Nancy  Lawrence. 

He  d.feh  de  se\  res.  Ashby,  Mass. 

2593.  ix.        David,  b.  Mar.  1,  1809;  m.  Charlotte  Blanchard. 

1128.  Joseph  Whitney  (Joseph,  Thomas,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Shutes- 
bury  or  Shelburne,  Mass.,  Feb.  28,  1748;  m.  Dec.  15,  1771,  Abigail  Barnard;  b.  Jan.  5, 
1751;  d.  Dec.  27,1813. 

He  was  probably  born  in  Shelburne,  where  he  was  married  and  was  a  farmer. 
During  the  Revolutionary  war  he  served  in  one  of  the  companies  from  Shelburne, 
and  his  name  is  found  on  the  Revolutionary  records  in  the  State  House  of  Boston. 
His  farm  was  located  one  mile  north  of  the  old  center.  He  and  his  wife  were  both 
interred  in  one  grave.  They  were  admitted  to  the  church  by  letter  in  1778,  probably 
from  Shutesbury.     He  d.  Dec.  29,  1813;  res.  Shelburne,  Mass. 

2594.  i.  Moses,  b.  Sept.  24,  1772;  m.  Lydia  Allen. 

2595.  ii,         LuciNDA,b.  Jan.  18, 1776;  m.  July  3, 1794,  Joseph  Merrill;  res.  Shel- 

burne. He  was  a  cutlery  manufacturer  and  kept  a  store  in  S.  in 
1801.     She  d.  Jan.  24,  1858.     He  d.  Sept.  29,  1844. 

2596.  iii.        Hannah,  b.  July  20,  1788;  m.  July  14,  1793,  Igal  Fellows.     He  d. 

May  28,  1849.  Was  b.  July  14,  1783;  res.  Shelburne.  She  d. 
Apr.  11,  1859. 

2597.  iv.       Abigail,  b.  Feb.  13,  1786;  m.  Oct.  2,  1808,  Rev.  Amariah  Chan- 

dler. He  was  m.  three  times,  this  being  his  first  wife.  Rev.  Dr. 
Amariah  Chandler  was  born  Oct.  27,  1782,  in  Deerfield,  Mass. 
He  graduated  at  college  in  Burlington,  Vt.;  was  ordained  at 
Waitsfield,  Vt.,  in  1810,  and  preached  later  at  Hardwick,  Vt., 
and  Greenfield,  Mass.  His  wife  died  at  the  latter  place  Jan. 
19,  1833;  ae.  47.  He  d  Oct.  20,  1864.  Ch.:  Henry  Satterlee 
Lewis,  b.  Aug.  20,  1809;  m.  Merietta  Joslyn;  Clarissa  Naomi,  b. 
Jan.  25,  1811;  m.  Geo.  F.  Kidder;  Moses  Eliphalet,  b.  May  15, 
1818;  dau.  res.  Allegan,  Mich.,d.  Nov.  26, 1857;  Joseph  Whitney,  b. 
June  20,  1815;  m.  Adaline  Goodnow;  Abigail  Barnard,  b.  May  1, 
1818;  m.  Wm.  Lyman;  Lydia  Cerentha,  b.  Jan.  23,  1822;  m. 
Joseph  C.  Prentiss;  Amariah,  b.  Apr.  4,  1824;  d.  Aug.  10,  1834; 
Susan  Barron  Jubilee,  b.  July  4,  1826;  m.  Elisha  G.  Arms. 

Joseph,  b.  Apr.  4,  1781 ;  d.  June  11,  1787. 

Abigail,  b.  May  19,  1783;  d.  Aug.  3,  1786. 

Lidia,  b.  Feb.  21,  1778;  d.  Aug.  31,  1852. 

Betsey,  b.  Mar.  21,  1794;  d.  Jan.  5,  1814. 

Clarissa,  b.  Feb.  13,  1792;  m.  Dec.  24,  1812,  Philetus  Childs;  b. 
1785;  d.  Sept.  13,  1858.     She  d.  Sept.  17,  1860;  res.  Shelburne. 
2603.    X.        Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  23,  1774;  d.  in  Shutesbury,  Oct.  23,  1775, 

11.32.  Silas  Whitney  (David,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  prob. 
1737;  m.  in  Shrewsbury,  Mass.,  Mar.,  1758,  Jane  Pearson,  of  that  place. 

He  was  born  probably  in  1737.  In  1758  he  went  to  No  Town  (Princeton)  and 
purchased  land.  He  was  a  blacksmith  and  followed  that  trade.  His  wife,  whom  he 
married  soon  after  going  to  No  Town,  was  from  Shrewsbury,  where  they  were  mar- 
ried. In  1763  he  moved  to  Winchendon,  and  soon  after,  in  Feb.,  1773,  to  Rindge, 
N.  H.,  from  which  place  he  was  warned  out  of  town.  While  residing  in  Winchendon 
he  kept  hotel  at  the  center,  and  in  1764  was  chosen  church  warden  and  surveyor  of 
boards  and  shingles.  Later  he  moved  to  Clarendon,  Vt.  In  the  county  of  Worces- 
ter, Mass.,  Registry  of  Deeds,  lib.  57,  fol.  50,  there  is  a  record  of  a  deed  of  Silas  Whit- 
ney and  wife  Jane,  of  Princeton,  to  one  Jones,  July  2,  1762.  This  is  the  land  he  had 
purchased  four  years  before.  Res.  Princeton  and  Winchendon  Mass.,  Rindge,  N.  H, 
Clarendon,  Vt. 

2603.  i.  Love,  b.  Dec.  18.  1758. 

2604.  ii.         David,  b,  Aug.  31,1761;  m.  Sarah  Wilson. 

2605.  iii.        Silas,  b.  June  12,  1762;  res.  St.  Armand,  P.  Q.,  where  he  d  and 

was  buried. 




















2606.  iv.       Oliver,  b.  in  W.,  Sept.  16,  1764;  m.  Abigail  Crampton. 

2607.  V.         Baktholomew,  b.  June  30,  1766;  m.  Lois ;  res.  Clarendon, 

Vt.,  and  had  a  son,  Joel,  b.  Sept.  9,  1791. 

2608.  vi.       jANE,b.  June6,  1768. 

2609.  vii.       PHEBE.b.  Dec.  1,  1770. 

2610.  viii.     Samuel,  b.  Winchendon,  1771  or  1772;  m.  Eunice  Whitney  and 

Martha  Parmeuter. 

2611.  ix.       Mercy,  b.  Rindge,  N.  H.,  1773. 

2612.  X.         Benjamin,  b.  Dec.  16,  1777;  m.  Mary . 

2613.  xi.       Solomon,  b. . 

2614.  xii.       Lucv,  b. ;  m. —  Brown. 

1134.    Capt.  Benjamin  Whitney  (Solomon,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John), 

b.  Petersham,  Mass.,  June  10,1753;  m.  in  Petersham .     Reserved  in  the 

Revolutionarv  war  in  the  Petersham  company  as  second  lieutenant,  and  later  was 
under  Gen.  Lee  and  iinally  commissioned  a  captain.  She  d.  in  Simpson,  P.  Q.  He 
d.  in  1830;  res.  Petersham,  Mass.,  and  Simpson,  P.  Q. 

Benjamin,  b. — .    2616.  ii.  JoB,b. — .    2617.  iii.  Solomon, b. . 

Newall,  b.  May  1,  1791;  m.  Elizabeth  Whitehead. 

Lucinda,  b. ;  m. Gushing.    2620.    vi.   Miriam, b. . 

Susan,  b. ;  m.  Oct.  24.  1802,  Joseph  Gleason;  b.  Apr.  7,  1781. 

He  was  a  farmer;  res.  Petersham.     Ch.:  (See  Hist,  of  Mid  Go., 
Stow  for  sketch.)     Benjamin  W.,  b.  Oct.  12,  1806;    m.  Aug.  31, 
1831,  Louisa  Fessenden,  of  Shrewsbury;  5  ch. 
2622.    viii.     John,  b. .  2623.    ix.     Lvdia,  b. . 

1138.  David  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Aug. 
14,  1761;  m.  in  Goncord,  June  1,  1786,  Betsey  Darby,  b.  1766,  d.  lt<43. 

David  Whitney  married  his  wife  in  Goncord,  Mass.,  and  soon  moved  to  a  farm 
in  Rindge,  X.  H.  After  a  short  residence  there  he  purchased  a  large  farm  in  Bol- 
ton, Mass.,  one  of  the  best  in  that  town,  and  ever  after  resided  there.  He  made  his 
will  in  1833,  dividing  his  estate.  He  d.  Sept.  17,  1838;  res.  Rindge,  N.  H.,  and  Bol- 
ton, Mass. 

Samuel,  b.  Dec.  7,  1788;    m.  Fanny   Hudson   and    Mrs.   Lydia 

(Sawyer)  Whitney. 
Betsey,  b.  Jan.  2,  1792;  m.  in  Lancaster,  Mar.  29,  1814,  Robert 

Hudson,  Jr.,  of  Lancaster;  res.  Boylston. 
Nancy,  b.  Mar.  20,  1794;  m.  Oct.  4,  1814,  Joseph  Powers  of  Rut- 
land.    She  d.  July  20,1832,  leaving  5  ch.;  res.  Belchertown. 
Sally,  b.  May  20,  1796;  m.  July  1,  1823,  William  B.  Sanger  of 

Templeton.     She  d.  Jan.  15,  1851,  leaving  1  ch. 
David,  b.  Apr.  14,  1798;  d.  Mar.  7,  1816. 
Lucv.b.  June  6,  1800;  m.  Dec.  28,  1818,  Joel  Brown  of  Goncord; 

11  ch.;  res.  Boylston. 
Joseph,  b.  Aug.  12,  1802;  m.  Eliza  Saunders. 
Nathan,  b.  July  30,  1804;  m.  Eliza  Stevens. 

1145.  Samuel  Austin  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John), 
b.  Sept.  27,  1770;  m.  July  28,  1801,  Ruth  Perkins,  b.  1772;  d.  Sept.  15,  1849. 

He  was  an  enterprising  merchant  and  ship  owner,  remarkable  through  life  for 
his  great  energy  and  personal  courage.  About  1799  Mr.  Samuel  Austin  Whitney 
owned  several  ships,  one  of  which,  believed  to  have  been  th«  "  Hiram,"  he  com- 
manded himself  when  she  was  captured  by  a  French  armed  vessel.  The  crew  were 
taken  out,  with  the  exception  of  Capt.  Whitney,  his  young  brother,  Henry,  a  lad  of 
16  years,  and  the  cook,  and  the  ship  was  placed  in  charge  of  a  force  of  ten  men  under 
an  officer.  Capt.  Whitney  had  secreted  his  pistols  in  a  crate  of  ware,  and  made  known 
to  his  brother  and  the  cook  his  determination  to  recapture  the  vessel.  He  imme- 
diately began  to  put  out  of  the  way  everything  that  could  be  used  as  a  weapon 
against  himself,  the  Frenchmen,  with  the  exception  of  their  commander,  being  un- 
armed; and  seizing  an  opportunity  when  but  two  of  the  crew  were  on  deck,  one  at 
the  wheel  and  one  asleep  on  a  hen-coop,  by  the  aid  of  his  two  companions  he  retook 
the  ship.  The  man  at  the  wheel  he  threw  overboard,  and  ran  to  the  other,  the  prize- 
master,  intending  to  serve  him  in  the  same  way,  but  he  grasped  the  chains  and  held 
on.  Hearing  the  scuffle,  the  men  below  came  up,  when  Capt.  Whitney  aimed  a 
pistol  at  the  one  in  advance,  who  turned,  and  with  his  companions  ran  like  a  flock  of 















sheep  around  the  long  boat,  young  Henry,  armed  with  a  dirk  and  the  cook  with  boil- 
ing water,  bringing  up  in  the  rear.  In  their  panic,  following  their  leader,  the  men 
rushed  below,  when  the  companion  way  was  closed  and  the  cook  stationed  with  a 
junk  bottle  to  beat  them  down  should  they  attempt  to  come  up.  This  was  the  work 
•of  a  moment.  The  prize-master,  who  had  in  the  meantime  regained  the  deck, 
stabbed  Henry  in  the  side  and  disabled  him,  but  Capt.  Whitney  felled  the  officer  by 
a  blow  from  a  handspike,  and  shortly  after  placed  him  below  with  the  crew.  He 
jiow  made  sail  for  an  English  port,  when  he  was  again  captured  by  another  French- 
man. Mr.  Whitney  used  to  relate  that  the  mortification  and  rage  of  his  new  captors 
when  they  learned  the  state  of  affairs  on  board  was  most  amusing.  His  brother, 
Henry  and  the  cook  were  now  taken  ofT,  and  seventeen  men  being  placed  in  the 
ship,  he  was  tauntingly  told  that  he  was  to  be  left  on  board  to  retake  her  if  he  could, 
although  he  was  really  left  to  assist  in  the  navigation.  He  secretly  accepted  this 
challenge,  basing  his  hopes  on  putting  the  instruments  out  of  order;  and  at  length 
succeeded  in  so  changing  them  that  his  captors  were  completely  lost.  Capt.  Whit- 
ney in  the  meanwhile,  having  kept  his  own  reckoning,  had  altered  the  ship's  course 
and  was  quietly  taking  her  into  New  York,  and  the  high  lands  were  in  sight  before 
the  crew  knew  where  they  were.  He  now  told  them  that  if  they  would  allow  him  to 
take  them  in  he  would  pledge  himself  for  their  safety;  but  after  consultation,  not 
dreaming  by  whose  means  they  had  got  where  they  were,  they  concluded  to  try 
again,  and  shaped  their  course  for  the  West  Indies.  Capt.  Whitney  again  disar- 
ranged the  instruments,  and  carried  the  ship  into  an  English  port  (Jamaica  it  is 
thought),  alongside  of  an  English  frigate  lying  at  anchor.  The  frigate  sent  off  a 
barge  to  them,  which  was  the  first  intimation  the  Frenchmen  received  of  their  hav- 
ing been  outwitted.  The  English  took  possession  and  claimed  the  vessel  as  a 
capture  from  the  French,  but  Capt.  Whitney  argued  that  he  himself  recaptured  the 
ship  by  running  her  into  port  under  their  guns.  The  case  was  taken  into  their  Court 
of  Admiralty,  where  an  award  of  $10,000  was  made  to  the  frigate.  This  sum  Mr. 
Whitney  paid,  shipped  a  new  crew,  and  brought  his  vessel  safely  into  New  York. 
.(Condensed  from  family  MSS).     He  d.  Oct.  15,  1846;  res.  Lincolnville,  Me. 

Samuel,  b.  July  30,  1802;  m.  Rebecca  W.  Howe. 

Lucy,  b.  Apr.  1,  1804;  m.  Nov.  IT,  1829,  Dr.  William  Ludwig;  2  ch. 

John  Perkins,  b.  Dec.  30,  1805;  m.  Tempe  P.  Johnston. 

Mary  Jane,  b.  July  2, 1811;  m.  Dec.  10,  1843,  William  A.  Schenck; 

2636.  V.         Phebe,  b.  Julv  5,  1816;  m.  May  22,  1843,  Dr.  Edward  Wm.  Hook; 


1146.    Joseph  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Sept. 

19,  1771;  m.  Sept.  24,  1793,  Sally  Collins;  b.  1773;  d.  at  Newburyport,  Mass.,  of 
yellow  fever,  Sept.  22, 1799;  m.  2d,  Oct.  18,  1803;  Catherine  Smith,  b. ;  d.  June 

20,  1809;  m.  3d,  Mrs.  Catherine  Whitney,  b.  1774;  d.  May  27, 1836.  He  is  buried  in  the 
■Granary  burial  ground.     He  d.  June  24,  1812;  res.  Boston,  Mass. 

2637.  i.  Joseph,  b.  June  11,  1796;  m.  Elizabeth  Pratt. 

1149.  Cyrus  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Dec.  24, 
1774;  m.  Dec.  28,  1795,  Mary  Brewer;  res.  Geneva,  N.  Y. 

2688.     i. ,  b. ;  m.  David  B.  Downing;  res.  Geneva,  N.  Y. 

1151.  Henry  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Jan.  29, 
1783;  m.  Mar.  27,  1807,  Lucy  Perkins.  He  d.  Havre,  France,  Apr.  27,  1837;  res.  Cas- 
tine.  Me. 

Nancy,  b.  July  15,  1808;  m.  1825,  Joshua  C.  Adams;  d.  Jan.  1.5, 

1852;  15  ch. 
Henry,  b.  Feb.  15,  1810;  merchant;  unm.;  res.  Liverpool,  Eng- 
William,  b.  Nov.  17. 1811;  d.  Feb.  8,  1814. 
Lucy,  b.  Aug.  15,  1813;  m.  Moses  Gay,  Jr.     She  d.  s.  p. at  Havre, 

France,  Sept.  26,  1841. 
William  Cutler,  b.  July  20,  1815;  d.  Sept.  30,  1816. 
Charles,  b.  Oct.  29,  1817;  drowned  Penobscot  Bay,  Oct.  1.  1831. 

Samuel  Austin,  b. ;  m.  Ann  E.  Auld,  and  d.  s.p.,  N.  O.,  La., 

Oct.  28,  1850. 
2646.    viii.      John  Perkins,  b.  Jan.  20,  1820.     He.  d.  unm.  at  N.  O.,  Aug.  11, 

















2647     ix.        Frances,  b.  Apr.  3,  1823;  m.  Oct.  7,  1847,  Leonard  T.  Whiting;  2 
ch.     She  m.  2d,  May  1,  1869,  Samuel  K.  Whiting;  3  ch. 

2648.  X.         Sarah,  b.  June  15,  1825;  d.  Apr.  2,  1842. 

2649.  xi.        Phebe,  b.  May  11,  1829. 

1153  Ebenezer  Whitney  (Samuel,  Benjamin,  Thomas,  Thomas,  John),  b. 
Boston,  Mass.,  Mar.  17,  1780;  m.  in  Philadelphia,  Pa.,  Aug.  27,  1807,  Bathsheba  Tin- 
kin  Heston,    He  d.  Feb.  3,  1823;  res.  Glassboro,  N.  J. 

2650.  i.  Samuel,  b.  Oct.  21,  1808;  d.  Jan.  17,  1810. 

2651.  ii.         Abigail  Cutler,  b.  June  4,  1810;  m.  Apr.  28,  1839,  Woodward 

Warrick.     She  d.  Oct.  31,  1854;  5  ch. 

2652.  iii.        Thomas  Heston,  b.  Jan.  4,  1813;  m.  Josephine  H.  Whitney. 

2663.  iv.        Harriett,  b.  Dec.  6,  1814;  m.  Dec.  28,  1842,  Dr.  Myles  Synnott; 


2664.  V.         Eben  Wharton,  b.  Jan.  28,  1817;  m.  Lucy  Warrick. 

2665.  vi.        Samuel  Austin,  b.  July  7,  1819;  unm. 

1154.    Aaron    Whitney  (Nathan,  Nathan,  Thomas,  Thomas,   John),  b.  Stow, 

Mass.,  July  31,  1752;  m. ;  was  a  farmer.     He  d.  in  1791;  res.  Conway, 


2656.  i.  Otis,  b.  May  24,  1781;  m.  Sarah  Edwards. 

2657.  ii.         Chester,  b.  Dec,  1783;  m.  Polly  Waite  Green. 

2658.  iii.        ,  b. ;  m. — — —  Gun;  res.  Conway. 

1164.  Lieut.  Timothy  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John), 
b.  Nov.  29,  1753;  m.  Phebe  Reed.  Timothy  Whitney  was  a  lieutenant  in  Capt. 
Joseph  Warren's  company  in  Sept.,  1777,  from  Grafton;  res.  Marlboro,  Mass. 

2659.  i.  Thomas,  b.  June  16,  1777;  m.  Abigail  Hapgood. 

2660.  ii.       Susanna,   b.  Feb.  26,  2664.    vi.       Phebe,    b.    Mar.    12, 

1782.  1795. 

2661.  iii.       Nathan,  b.  Aug.  15,  2666.    vii.      Henry,    b.     Nov.    6, 

1784.  1797. 

2662.  iv.        LEWis.b.  Apr.  7,  1788.  2666.    viii.     Sophia,    b.    Dec.    25, 

2663.  V.         Edward  W.,  b.  Jan.  1799. 

29,  1793. 

1166.  Elijah  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Apr.  21, 
1761;  m.  May  29,  1785,  Mindwell  Hardy,  b.  Nov.  27,  1763;  d.  Apr.  28,  1853.  Elijah 
Whitney,  b.  April  21,  1761,  was  the  son  of  Thomas  Whitney,  of  Shrewsbury,  and  his 
wife,  Anna  Gould;  and  by  the  history  of  the  town  belonged  to  the  John  Whitney 
family,  of  Watertown.  He  (Elijah)  died  Aug.  24,  1817.  m  his  67th  year.  His  wife, 
Mrs.  Mindwell  (Hardy)  Whitney,  was  born  Nov.  27,  1763,  and  died  Apr.  28,  1853, 
ae.  89  years,  5  months,  and  1  day.  Elijah  Whitney  was  a  handsome  man,  and  an 
excellent  farmer;  and  his  father  Thomas  seems  to  have  relied  upon  him  mainly  for 
business  advice.  When  the  "Shoe,"  in  1762,  was  annexed  to  Westborough,  Thomas 
(the  father)  wanted  to  remain  a  citizen  of  Shrewsbury,  and  his  request  was  gratified; 
but  he,  however,  yielded  to  Elijah's  request,  Mar.  12,  1793,  and  his  farm,  which  had 
become  Elijah's  property,  was  annexed  to  Westborough.  He  was  kind  to  his  chil- 
dren, and  allowed  his  son  Elijah  to  leave  his  trade  and  pursue  a  course  in  the  col- 
leges, and  graduate  as  a  learned  man.  His  comparatively  early  death  was  a  fearful 
blow  to  his  sons,  who  were  just  passing  into  manhood.  He  was  frugal  and  careful 
in  his  life,  and  left  a  fair  amount  of  real  estate  to  be  divided  among  his  children; 
but  there  were  so  many  that  each  one  received  but  a  small  share.  He  d.  Aug.  24, 
1817;  res.  Shrewsbury  and  Westboro,  Mass. 

2667.  i.  Azubah,  b.  Oct.  13,  1786;  m. Adams. 

2668.  ii.         Naham,  b.  Jan.  7,  1788;  m.  Susanna  Adams. 

2669.  vii.       Elijah,  b.   Nov.  26,  1798;   m.  Cornelia   L.  Pratt  and  Wealthy 


2670.  iii.        Aseneth,  b.  Mar.  12,  1790;  m. Bryant. 

2671.  iv.       Joel,  b.  May  12,  1792;  m.  Sept.  6,  1813,  Ebial  Nason;  res.  Grafton 

and  Westboro,  Mass. 

2672.  v.         David,  b.  June  9,  1796;  m.  Samaria  Wheeler. 

2673.  vi.        Levi,  b.  Mar.  26,  1797;  d.  May  1,  1797. 

2674.  ix.       Mindwell  Clarinda,  2675.    x.        Orestes  O.,  b.  June 

b.  Feb.  11,  1801.  28,  1806. 


2676.  xi.        Daniel,  b.  Feb.  21,  1807;  m.  Nancy and  Sarah  F. . 

2677.  xii.      Dexter  O.,  b.  Sept.  17,  1809;  m.  Catherine . 











res.  Shrewsbury  and  Westboro,  Mass. 

2678.  i.   '       William  K.,  b.  Apr.  5,  1795;  m.  Deborah  Woodard  and  Mary 

Ann  Billings. 

2679.  ii.         Artemas  H.,  b.  Jan.  14,  1797;  m.  Nabby  Skinner  and  Caroline  M. 


2680.  iii.       Joseph  H.,  b.  Feb.  25, 1799;  m.  Lucy  Green. 

2681.  iv.        John  Flint,  b.  May,  1805;  m.  Sophia  Bulkley. 

2682.  V.        Washington,  b. . 

1169.  Jonah  Whitney  (Thomas,  Thomas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Aug.  25, 
1771;  m.  May  21,  1797,  Anna  Rider.  He  was  killed  while  moving  a  building.  His 
widow  requested  the  Probate  Court  to  grant  her  an  assignment  of  her  dower,  accord- 
ing to  law  Apr.  13,  1813.     He  d.  Oct.  3,  1810;  res.  Shrewsbury  and  Westboro,  Mass. 

■  Phila,  b.  Apr.  12, 1798.      2684.    ii.      Patty,  b.  May  17,  1800. 

Seraph,  b.  Apr.  4,  1802;  d.  Oct.  16,  1803. 

Orlando,  b.  Julv  23,  1804;  m.  Susan  M.  Wood. 

Polly,  b.  Oct.  9,  1806.      2688.    vi.     Margaret  Ann,  b.  Feb.  1, 

Jonah,  b.  Mar.  29,  1811.  1809. 

1171.  Eleazer  Whitney  (Alexander,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Dec. 
5,  1777;  m.  Oct.  31,  1799,  Alice  Peabody,  b.  June  L  1779;  d.  Oct.  9,  1867.  He  d.  Feb. 
1,  1838;  res.  Henniker,  N.  H. 

2690.  i.  Asa,  b.  Nov.  26,  1800;  m.  Patty  Rice  and  Mary  L.  Childs. 

2691.  ii.         Lois  C,  b.  Apr.  4,  1803;  m.  Mar.  15,  1^32,  Capt.  Zebulon  Foster, 

Jr.,  b.  Sept.  6,  1797.  She  d.  Aug.  24,  1852.  He  was  captain  of 
the  Henniker  Rifles  and  selectman  eight  vears;  rep.  two  years. 
Ch.:  Caroline  F.,  b.  Nov.  6,  1835;  m.  Nov.  6,  1861,  W.  O.  Folsom. 
She  d.  1866. 

2692.  iii.        Frederic,  b.  Oct.  5,  1806;  m.  Fidelia  Woods  and  Mrs.  Hannah 

B.  Carter. 

2693.  iv.       Benj.  Carroll,  b.  Dec.  23,  1808;  drowned  June  3,  1819. 

2694.  V.         Alexander,  b.  Apr.  11,  1812;  drowned  June  3,  1819. 

2695.  vi.       Alice  B.,  b.  June  2,  1816;  d.  Sept.  26,  1854.     . 

1175.  Alexander  Whitney  (Alexander,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b. 
Henniker,  N.  H.,  Dec.  5,  1789;  m.  there  Nov.  24, 1814,  Lydia  Foster,  b.  Nov.  2,  1795;  d. 
Apr.  27,  1875.  Was  a  farmer:  was  a  hard  working,  industrious,  and  honest  citizen, 
and  respected  by  all  who  knew  him.  He  moved  from  Henniker  to  New  London  in 
1826.     He  d.  Nov.  26,  1878;  res.  Henniker  and  New  London,  N.  H. 

Aaron  Foster,  b.  Mar.  26,  1815;  d.  Jan.  \,  1830. 

Mary  Story,  b.  Mar.  29,  1817;  d.  unm.  Dec.  14,  1836. 

Oilman  H.,  b.  Nov.  30,  1819;  m.  Sarah  Jane  Durgan. 

Wm.  S.,  b.  Nov.  1,  1822;  m.  Mary  B.  Durgan. 

George  A.,  b.  Feb.  11, 1825;  m.  Sept.  1, 1852,  Ann  Eliza  Jones.  He 
d.  s.  p.  June  14,  1854.  Was  a  lumberman,and  was  killed  by  light- 
ning while  peeling  bark. 

Alonzo,  b.  Nov.,  1827;  unm.;  res.  N.  L. 

E.meline  L.,  b.  June  16,  1830;  unm.;  res.  Ridgewav,  Iowa. 

Livonia  M.,  b.  Feb.  6,  1833;  m.  Dec.  4,  1862,  Daniel  S.  Piper. 
Ch.:  Girl,  b.  Mar.  9,  1870;  d.  Mar.  11,  1870;  Myra  Alice,  b.  Nov. 
15,  1873;  res.  Medford,  Minn. 

2704.  ix.        Harriett  N.,  b.  Sept.  8,  1835;  m.  Oct.  13.  1867,  at  Sutton,  N.  H., 

Erwin  G.  Gate.  Ch.:  Alice  Carrie,  b.  Jan.  22,  1878;  res.  Bos- 
cowen,  N.  H. 

2705.  X.         Charles  S.,  b.  Mar.  1,  1837;  m.  Laura  A.  Pearson. 

2706.  xi.        Jannett  M.,  b.  Mar.  10,  1840;  d.  Mar.  28,  1872,  unm. 

1176.  Stephen  Whitney  (Alexander,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  lune 
10,  1792;  m.  Feb.  22,  1825,  Sarah  Bailey,  b.  Mar.  3,  1801;  d.  Dec,  1869.  He  was  a 
farmer.     He  d.  Oct.  26,  1864;  res.  Henniker,  Claremont,  and  Newport,  N.  H. 


















2707.    i.  Edwin  R.,  b.  Nov.  19,  182.5;  m.  at  H.  Sept.  12,  1849,  Prudence  S. 

Connor.  She  was  b.  Apr.  18,  1830.  Is  a  farmer;  res.  Ashland, 
N.  H. 
2708  ii.  EuGAR  M.,  b.  Nov.  19.  1825;  d.  Sept.  17,  1826. 
2709.  iii.  Sarah  Jank,  b.  Dec.  25,  1827;  m.  Sept.  12,  1849,  Barnabas  C. 
Whipple  of  Croydon;  res.  Sutton,  N.  H.  He  is  a  farmer;  was 
b.  Jan.  1,  1823.  Ch.:  Edgar  B.,  b.  Nov.  12, 1850,  Orange' Co..  Fla., 
res.,  Leona  Haven;  Warren  L.,  b.  Apr.  6.  1852,  m.;  res.,  Goshen, 
N.  H.;  Mason  E..  b.  Mar.,  1854,  d.  June  4. 1858;  Rubie  J.,b.  July  6, 
1860,  m.  William  E.  Drew,  Merrimack,  Mass.;  Aaron  M.,b.  Oct. 
20, 1863;  m.  Cora  Merrill,  Roby's  Corner,  N.  H.;  Alice  J.,  b.  Apr. 
14,  1866,  m.  Stephen  Pillsbury,  Biddeford,  Me. 

Stephen  Page,  b.  Apr.  9,  1830;  m.  Mary  J.  Pollard. 

Geo.  Fked'k,  b.  Aug.  12,  1832;  m.  Ann  E.  Durgan. 

Mary  Elizabeth,  b.  Sept.  14,  1834;  m.  Hon.  Edmund  Burke  of 

1199.  Luther  Whitney  (Joshua,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  July  25, 
1780;  m.  Jan.  13,  1803,  Hannah  Gordon;  b.  June  24,  1778;  d.  Dec.  13,  1804;  m.  2d, 
Nabby  Wood;  b.  May  9,  1777;  d.  Jan.  16,  1816;  res.  Henniker,  Canaan  and  Wash- 
ington, N.  H.,  and  Saratoga,  _N.Y, 








Hannah,  b.  1804;  d.  Oct.  10,  1804. 

Hannah,  b.  Nov.  7,  1807. 
i.       Livonia,  b.  June  13,  1809. 
V.        Orpha,  b. ;  m.  Wm.  Wood  of  N.  Y. 

2716>^.v.         Martin,  b. ;  res.  Mich. 

1202.  John  Whitney  (Joshua,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Henniker, 
N.  H.,  July  23,1787;  m.  Jan.  1,  1810,  Lucy  Chamberlain;  b.  Sept.  14,  1788;  d.  Apr.  7, 
1863.  He  was  a  blacksmith.  He  d.  Aug.  27,  1844;  res.  Henniker.  N.  H.. and  Sandis- 
field.  Mass. 

2717.  i.  Emeline.  b.  Mar.  3,  1810;   m.  Sept.  24,  1833,  William  Chittenden, 

Jr.  He  was  a  farmer;  b.  Sept.  14,  1809;  d.  Feb.  5,  1845.  res.  in 
Sandwich,  111.  Ch.:  Georgianna  Theresa,  b.  Feb.  17, 1837; 
Benjamin  Comstock,  at  Sandwich,  111.,  Jan.  6, 1860;  P.  O.  address. 
Sandwich,  111. 

2718.  ii.         Lucy,  b.  Mar.  26,  1811;  m.  Aug.  31,  1830, Todd.     She  d.  in 

Winsted,  Conn.     Her  dau.  is  Mrs.  Mary  Putnam,  of  Winsted. 

Livonia,  b.  Apr.  16,  1813;  m.  Apr.  10,  1837.    She  d.  Jan.  10, 1845. 
John  Harmon,  b.  July  26,  1815;  m.  Nov.  22,  18o9;  res.  Sandisfield. 

Lorenzo  C,  b.  Apr.  5,  1818;  m.  Clestia  A.  Fosdick. 
Clarinda,  b.  June  12. 1821 ;  m.  Oct.  20, 1845, Ingham.     She 

d.  Feb.  9,  1867. 
Edward  A.,  b.  Sept.  1,  1823;  m.  Harriett  E.  Couch. 
Mary  Ann,  b.  Nov.  11,  1826;  m.  Nov.  5.  1844,  Henry  S.  Langdon; 

res.  Algona,  Iowa.     He  was  b.  Sept.  28,  1821;    d.  May  8,  1893; 

was  a  merchant.     Ch.:  Eugene  Wellington,  b.  June  9,  1848;  m. 

Aug. 6, 1882;  Henrietta  Josephine,  b.  Mar.  24,  1850;  m.  Nov.  7, 

1872,  Augustus  Pretsch;  Ellen  Clerinda,  b.  June  3, 1853;  Emeline 

Ardelia,  b.  Aug.  13,  1855;  m.  Jan.  9,  1883,   Daniel  D.  Townsend; 

Albert  Henry,  b.  Nov.  20.  1859;  d.  Apr.  27.  1887. 

1203.  Silas  Whitney  (Joshua,  Eleazer,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Mar  30, 
1791;  m.  July  23,  1818,  Sally  Butler,  b.  Jan.  7.  1788.  in  Sudbury,  Mass.;  res.'Henniker 
and  Canaan.  N.  H. 










Bela  Butler,  b.  Oct.  21,  1819. 

Stephen  M.,  b.  Feb.  26,  1823;  d.  June  26,  1824. 

Moses  S.,  b.  Jan.  13,  1826. 

1210.  Elnathan  Whitney  (Elnathan.  Elnathata.  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b. 
Goffstown,  Apr.  4,  1791;  m.  Feb.  16,  1815,  Lydia  Stickney,  b.  Mar.  16,  1791;  d.  June 

He  was  born  in  Goffstown  and  always  resided  there  on  the  farm  purchased  by 
his  father.  He  followed  agricultural  pursuits  until  a  few  years  before  his  death.  He 
■d.  June  30,  1862;  res.  Goffstown.  N.  H. 


2728.  i.  Mary,  b.  Apr.  13,  1820;  m.  Apr.  5,  1842,  David  M.  Poore,  b.  Mar. 

2.  1820,  d.  1860;  m.  2d  Samuel  Teel;  res.  Goffstown  Centre,  N.  H. 
Ch.:  Darwin  M.,  b.  Mar.  7,  1843;  m.  Carrie  F.  Hadley;  res.  85 
Blodget  St.,  Manchester;  Charles  B.,  b.  Feb.  19,  1845;  m.  Mary 
J.  Gatley;  Frank  H.,  b.  May  4.  1847;  d.  Jan.  16.  1866;  David 
M.,  b.  July  8,  1849;  m.  Viola  B.  Worthen;  res.  Goffstown  Centre. 

2729.  ii.         Sylvester,  b.  Feb.  29,  1816;  m.  Anne  M.  Palmer. 

2730.  iii.        Elvira, b.  Jan.  28, 1818;  m. ;  a  dau.  is  Mrs.  Ella  McDonald, 

Fort  Gratiot,  Mich. 

2731.  iv.       Lydia  M.,  b.  June  27,  1824;  m.  Jan.  29,  1850,  Joseph  G.  Young;  res. 

Chemung,  111.     He  was  b.  Aug.  13,  1821.    He  is  an  engineer  and 

machinist.     Ch.:  Eva  J.,  b.  Mar.  18,  1851;  m.  1876, Reid; 

res.   C;  Herbert  E.,  b.  Oct.,  1853;  m.   1880;  d.  1892;  wid.  res. 
Capron,  111.;  M.  Homer,  b.  1858;  d.  1864. 

2732.  V.         Sarah  E.,  b.  Sept.  3,  1826;  m. Roberts;  res.  Goffstown  Cen- 

tre, N.  H. 

2733.  vi.        Lrcv  E.,  b.  Mar.  20,  1834;  m.  Apr.  12,  1855,  Charles  Spencer;  res. 

Goffstown  Centre,  N.  H. 

2734.  vii.      Elnathan,  b.  Apr.  16,  1822;  m.  Sylena  F.  Henry. 

1212.  Gen.  Moses  Whitney  (Jacob,  Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Jan.  2, 
1775;  m.  Apr.  14,  1797,  at  Milton,  Rebecca  Dunbar;  d.  Feb.  4, 1824;  m.  2d,  at  Andover, 
Mrs.  Mary  P,  Kittredge. 

Gen.  Moses  Whitney  was  born  in  Spring  street,  West  Roxbury,  on  the  20th  of 
Jan.,  1775.  He  was  the  youngest  of  six  children  of  Jacob  and  Rachel  (Whiting) 
Whitney,  the  dau.  of  Nathaniel,  of  the  same  place.  In  1787  he  went  to  Blue  Hill, 
Milton,  to  learn  the  leather  business.  His  second  wife  was  the  widow  of  Dr.  Thomas 
Kittredge,  of  Gloucester;  she  outlived  him  several  years,  dying  in  Milton,  1865.  He 
■commenced  business  in  1796,  moved  to  Dorchester  in  1797, and  removed  to  Milton  in 
1805.  He  purchased  the  "  Rising  Sun"  estate  in  1806,  and  the  Nancy  Paine  estate  in 
1809,  extending  from  the  Old  Plymouth  Road  to  the  Neponset  River.  He  enlarged 
the  wharf,  and  built  a  tan  house  in  1810.  In  1819  he  built  the  Whitney  house  on 
Milton  Hill,  and  purchased  Swift's  wharf  at  the  same  time  in  part,  filling  up  the  dock 
between  the  wharves.  After  this  the  lumber  and  wood  business  was  carried  on  exten- 
sively by  him  for  twenty  years.  He  was  in  active  business  for  sixty-three  years,  not 
including  his  apprenticeship.  He  was  appointed  postmaster  in  Milton,  in  1805; 
resigned  in  1816;  captain  of  militia,  1816;  colonel,  1821.  He  was  afterward  brigadier- 
general  of  first  brigade,  first  division,  Massachusetts  Militia.  He  died  in  his  house  on 
Milton  Hill,  Dec.  24,  1859;  res.  Dorchester  and  Milton,  Mass. 

Hannah,  b.  Dorchester,  Nov.  19,  1797;  d.  s.  p.  in  1832. 

Moses,  b.  D.,  Oct.  7,  1802;  m.  Elizabeth  G.  Sanderson. 

Mary,  b.  D.,  Apr.  17,  1805;  d.  in  1890. 

Seth  Dunbar,  b.  Milton,  Sept.  13,  1807;  m.  Adeline  Dutton  Train. 

Warren  Jacob,  b.  in  1811;  m.  and  d.  in  1S91. 

1218.  Abraham  Whitney  (Abner,  Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Roxbury, 
Mass.,  Apr.  25,  1779;  m.  Rebecca  Hudson;  b.  1777;  d.  Jan.,  1862.  He  d.  in  1853;  res. 
Hartland  and  Hartford,  \'t. 

Jackson,  b.  Sept.  7, 1806;  m.  Caroline  Matilda  Baker. 

HoLLis,  b. ;  m.  and  res.  in  Morrisville,  Vt.,  and  New  York 

state.     Had  2  ch. 
Benjamin  Hudson,  b.  June  20,  1810;  m.  Rosella  Baker. 
Leonard,  b.  — — — ;  d.  unm. 

Betsey,  b.  in  1801;  m.  Jan.  27,  1827,  Almon  Russ.     She  d.  in  Mor- 
risville, Vt.     Ch.:  Albert  and  Williani;  res.  Hyde  Park,  \'t. 

2745.  vi.       Hortensia,  b. ;  m.  Charles  M.  Wetherell;   res.  29  David- 

son St.,  Hyde  Park,  Mass.  Ch.:  Wm.  Herman,  Lizzie  Webster, 
Henry  Lathrop,  Anna  May. 

2746.  vii.      Fanny,  b. ;  m.  John  Noyce;  has  4  ch. 

1220.  Jacob  Whitney  (Abner,  Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),b.  Springfield, 
Vt.,  May  2,  1784;  m.  Nov.  11,  1810,  Lucy  Adams;  b.  Sept.  19,  1792;  d.  May,  1873.  He 
■was  a  farmer.     He  d.  Apr.  30,  1824;  res.  New  Salem,  Mass. 

2747.  v.         John  B.,  b.  Sept.  19,  1820;  m.  Lucinda  Bardwell  and  Katherine  A. 


















2748.     iii.       Jonas,  b.  Apr.  4.  1816;  d.  Oct.  6,  1816. 

2749     li.         LouizA,  b.  Oct.  9,  1813;  m.  Dec.  11,  1832;  Sylvester  W.  Bangs;  res. 

Ware,  Mass.;  b.  Sept.  14,  1811;  d.  July  25,  1884.     Ch.:  Martha 

Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  15,  1834,  in  Ware;  m.  George  Goodwin  Hall, 

Sept.  3,  1856;  Dwight  Whitney,  b.  Mar.  3,  1840;  d.  Sept.  9,  1842; 

Jane  Louisa,  b.  June  14,  1846;  m.  Chas.  H.  Ellis,  Sept.  3,  1867;  d. 

July  1,  1877;  Lucia  G.,  b.  Aug.  3,  1855,  in  Ware;  m.  Geo.  Bliss 

Cutler,  Dec.  11,  1882. 
2750.    I.  Leonard,  b.  Sept.  12,  1811;  m.  Abby  E.  Day. 

2751      iv.       Jonas,  b.  Dec.  11,  1817;  m.  Mary  L.  Hunter  and  res.  in  Deerfield, 


2752.  vi.       Lydia  Ann,  b.  Dec.  12,  1822;  m.  Apr.  17,  1843,  Rufus  S.  Mixter. 

They  had  one  son,  Frank,  who  died  young. 

1221.  Abner  Whitney  (Abner,  Jonas,  Eleazer,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Roxbury, 
Mass.,  July  19,  1780;  m.  Polly  White.  He  was  a  farmer.  He  d.  Dec.  27,  1866;  res. 
Orange,  Mass. 

2753.  V.         Harrison  H.,  b.  Oct.  31,  1819;  m.  Onda  Kendall. 

2754.  i.  Mary,  b. ;  m.  A.  Thayer. 

2755.  ii.        Arathusa,  b. ;  m.  Samuel    Adams;  son  James  W.    res. 

Orange,  Mass. 

2756.  iii.        Sarah,  b. ;  m.  Amos  Adams;  son   Geo.  F.   res.  Montague 

City,  Mass. 

2757.  iv.       Alexander,  b. ;  m.  Mehitable  Davis. 

2758.  vi.        Emily,  b. ;  m.  Thomas  Tenney;  res. . 

2759.  vii.      Harriett,  b. .       2760.    viii.     Charles,  b. . 

1224.  Jonah  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  lohn),  b.  Harvard,  June 
19,  1758;  m.  Sept.  25,  1783;  there  Lois  Hill;  d.  Jan.  10,  1794.  An  old  Bible  in  pos- 
session of  a  daughter  of  Amos  S.  Whitney,  at  Minneapolis  refers  to  her  as  Miss 
Lidia  Whitney;  m.  2d  in  Henniker,  N.  H.,  1804,  Jane  Stone,  b.  1783;  d.  1864. 

Jonah  Whitney  was  born  in  Harvard,  Mass.,  in  1758.  He  served  in  the  Revolu- 
tionary war  from  Harvard,  in  1780,  in  Capt.  Williams'  company,  and  his  age  was  then 
given  as  21.  After  the  death  of  his  first  wife,  in  1805,  he  moved  to  Henniker,  N.  H. 
It  is  reported  that  his  father  paid  for  the  land  which  he  took  up  with  a  half  barrel  of 
silver  dollars.  He  served  in  the  war  of  1812,  and  died  from  the  effects  of  a  fever 
sore  contracted  while  sleeping  on  the  ground  and  camping  out.  He  d.  in  Harvard  in 
1834;  res.  Harvard,  Mass.,  and  Henniker,  N.  H. 

2761.  i.  Lois  Hill,  b.  Julv  25,  1786;  m.  Nov.  14,  1806,  James  Turner;  she 

d.  Apr.  25,  1818. 

2762.  ii.         Amos  Stone,  b.  Apr.  27,  1807;  m.  Mrs.  Emeline  Jakway,  Holden. 

2763.  iii.        Cyrus  J.,  b.  Apr.  26,  1812;  m.  Mary  J.  Morrison. 

1226.  Dr.  Isaiah  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow, 
Mass.,  Dec.  13,  1765;  m.  there  Apr.  20,  1788,  Dorcas  Whitman,  dau.  of  Dr.  Charles, 
of  Stow;  b.  Apr.  7,  1767;  d.  July  11,  1844. 

Dr.  Isaiah  Whitney  studied  medicine  with  Dr.  Charles  Whitman,  of  Stow,  who 
was  surgeon  in  the  Revolutionary  war,  and  subsequently  was  married  to  his  daugh- 
ter. They  moved  to  Rindge,  N.  H.,  in  1790,  where  he  ever  after  resided.  He  was 
much  respected  as  a  citizen,  and  as  a  skillful  and  conscientious  physician.  He  was 
appointed  postmaster,  Apr.  15,  1830,  and  died  while  holding  the  office.  Isaiah  Whit- 
ney and  his  brother  Jonah,  a  blacksmith,  lived  on  the  old  farm.  Jonah  sold  out,  left 
shop,  and  set  up  in  the  center  of  the  town,  two  miles  away,  and  finally  deeded  one 
half  of  the  farm  to  his  son  Cyrus,  who  made  certain  payments  to  Amos  and  Isaiah, 
and  agreed  to  support  his  father  the  remainder  of  his  life,  when  he  was  to  have  the 
other  half  of  the  farm  of  110  acres.  Mrs.  Whitney  was  drowned  near  Burlington, 
Vt.,  by  the  upsetting  of  a  stage  coach  in  which  she  was  journeying.  She  fell  into  the 
river  near  the  highway.     He  d.  Nov.  30,  1839;  res.  Rindge,  N.  H. 

2764.  vi.        Isaiah,  b.  Jan.  25,  1799;  m.  Henrietta  A.  Nickerson,  Sarah  L. 

Small,  and  Mrs.  Hannah  E.  Crosby. 

2765.  i.  Clarissa,  b.  in  1788;  m.  June  27,  1812,  Lemuel  Page,  Jr.,  b.  Jan. 

20,  1780,  d.  Mav  8,  1825.  He  was  captain  in  the  war  of  1812,  and 
colonel  in  the  State  militia;  m.  2d  Joseph  Jones,  of  Troy,  N.  H.; 
she  d.  Feb.  16,  1844.  Ch.:  Sarah  J.,  b.  Nov.  28,  1815;  m.  John 
Dunckler,  of    Phila.,   Pa.;    Harriett  J.,  b.   1817;    m.   Leonard 
















Johnonnett,   of    Burlington;    Lemuel   W.,  b.  Apr.  30,  1821;  m. 

Susan  Sanders  and  Carrie  E.  Hemmenway;  res.  Burl. 
LovELL,  b.  June  20,  1790;  m.  Rebecca  Witt. 
Charles  W.,  b.  Nov.  16,  1791;  m.  Mary  Griffin. 
Henry,  b.  Oct.  26.  1794;  m.  Mary  Goldin. 
Felicia,  b.  May  26,  1796;  m.  Samuel  Nichols,  of  Burlington.  Ch.: 

Chas.  and  Samuel;  res.  N.  J.     She  d.  1869. 
Stephen,  b.  Dec.  19,  1800;  m.  Lovilla  Goldin. 
Anna,  b.  Oct.  17,  1805;  d.  Feb.  10,  1838. 
SoPHRONiA,  b.  Aug.  18,  1803;  m.  Sept.  28, 1844,  Joseph  Jones.    She 

d.  Jan.  10,  1872,  s.  p.     He  m.  her  sister. 
2772>^.x.         Dorcas,  b.  June  25,  1799;  m.  Dec.  6,  1822,  Henry  Hubbard;  his 

second  wife.     He  d.  s.  p.  in  Shrewsbury,  Mass. 

1227.  Dr.  Amos  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Moses,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  1768;  m.  June  9,  1793,  Rhoda  Cutter;  b.  Aug.  20,  1770;  dau.  of  Nathan.  She 
m.  2d  Jasper  Temple.  She  was  of  Rindge,  N.  H.  They  moved  to  Henniker  in 
1795,  and  resided  in  the  southeast  part.  ^He  was  a  skillful  physician  and  much 
respected.     He  d.  Feb.  23,  1802;  res.  Henniker,  N.  H. 

2773.  i.  Horace,  b.  Sept.  18, 1793;  was  soldier  in  war  1812;  d.  Concord. 

2774.  ii.         SoPHRONiA,  b.  Jan.  10,  1795;  m.  Apr.  18,  1813,  Hon.  Jacob  Gibson; 

b.  Oct.  24,  1784.  He  d.  Greenbush.  Wis.,  Dec,  1869.  Ch.:  Dr. 
A.  C,  b.  1823;  res.  Greenbush;  Randolph,  b.  1819;  d.  Manches- 
ter; John  S.,  b.  1830;  res.  Mo.;  Saphalia,  m.  R.  P.  Eaton;  res. 
Green  Bav,  Wis.;  Sophronia,  m.  Randall  Hoyt. 

2775.  iii.        Dolly,  b.  June  14,  1796;  m.  Mr.  Moore,  of  Hillsboro. 

2776.  iv.        Calista,  b.  Feb.  3,  1798;  m.  Wm.  K.  Howe;  b.  Sept.  30,1791. 

Was  selectman  several  years  in  Henniker.  His  wife  d.  May  19, 
1828.  He  was  m.  three  times.  2  ch.,  Roxana  C.  (adopted),  b. 
June  19,  1820. 

2777.  v.         Cynthia,  b.  Jan.  19,  1800;  d.  Apr.  7,  1816. 

1228.  Cyrvs  Whitney  (Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Stow,  Aug.  17, 
1771;  m.  June  19,  1796,  Aseneth  Harris,  d.  1801;  m.  2d,  Mar.  22,  1802,  Mary  (Polly) 
Whitney,  dau.  of  Dea.  Isaac  and  Lucy,  b.  Dec.  13,  1779;  d.  Nov.  19,  1857. 

Cyrus  Whitney  was  a  good  farmer  and  business  man.  Started  a  cotton  factory 
in  his  native  town,  which  was  not  very  successful,  was  interested  in  a  gold  mine  in 
H.  (A  hole  said  to  be  100  feet  deep  is  shown  in  side  hill  now)  helped  build  Union 
Turnpike  from  Concord  through  his  farm  to  Harvard  and  Lancaster,  which  joined 
road  to  Fitchburg.  Built  a  substantial  square  brick  mansion  soon  after  his  last 
marriage  where  his  wife  presided  with  dignity,  ability  and  grace  over  many  a  social 
gathering.  She  had  the  first  piano  in  town,  the  first  carriage,  left  in  her  attic  a 
loom  for  weaving  homespun  cloth  and  carpets,  as  well  as  flax  wheels,  wool  spinning 
wheels  and  other  evidences  of  her  industry,  skill  and  thrift.  A  well  worn  copy  of  the 
Scriptures  and  another  of  Baxter's  Saint's  Rest  witness  her  piety,  and  well  do  her 
grandchildren  remember  her  excellent  cooking,  her  cheery  tones,  her  loving  care. 
Cyrus,  like  many  another  Whitney  was  ingenious,  making  use  of  the  blacksmith  shop 
left  by  his  Uncle  Jonas,  and  a  bench  for  wood  work,  for  repairs  of  farming  utensils. 
He  had  a  cider  mill  where  at  first  the  native  fruit  was  ground  up,  and  later  the  less 
marketable  portion  of  the  grafted  crop.  His  cellars  had  the  best  of  bottled  cider  of 
all  ages;  his  barns  were  crowded  with  hay  for  his  large  herd  of  cattle,  his  lands 
were  surrounded  by  heavy  walls,  his  field  near  his  house  ornamented  with  an  arti- 
ficial pond  which  was  well  stocked  with  fish  and  lilies,  surrounded  by  his  orchards  of 
peaches,  pears,  as  well  as  apples.  She  made  her  will  Feb.  14,  1856;  it  was  probated 
Jan.  5,  1858.  Sons  Edwin,  Isaiah  and  Isaac  were  executors.  He  d.  Aug.  24,  1847;  res. 
Stow  and  Harvard,  Mass. 


Edwin,  b.  Oct.  2,  1812;  m.  Lushea  Mead  Whitney. 

i.         Clarinda,  b.  Oct.  24,  1795;  d.  infancy. 

ii.  Clarinda,  b.  Oct.  24,  1797;  m.  Sept.  20,  1817,  Nathan  Woodbury, 
of  Bolton,  Mass.,  where  he  was  b.  Aug.  13,  1794;  d.  Rindge,  N.  H. 
Nov.  10,  1877;  res.  Rindge,  where  she  d.  June  21,  1889.  Ch.: 
Asenath  H.,  b.  Apr.  17,  1819;  m.  Albert  Mann;  res.  Winchendon, 
Mass;  she  d.  Apr.,  1891;  had  7  ch.;  Mary  Ann,  b.  Jan.  16,  1821; 
m.  Samuel  Page;  res.  Winchendon;  she  d.  June  14,  1889;  Nathan 
G.  b.  Apr.  16,  1823;  m.  Angelia  Bryant;  res.  Keene,  N.  H.;  Har- 


rison,  b.  Mar.  19,  1826;  d.  Oct.  10,  1830;  Lauretta  W.,  b.  May  20, 
1828;  m.  Nelson  Parks;  res.  Winchendon;  Lucinda  B.,  b.  Feb.  4, 
1832;  m.  Henry  I.  Newman;  res.  Rindge,  N.  H.;  Clarinda  A.,  b. 
Mar.  23,  1834;  m.  Daniel  H.  Sargent;  res.  Rindge;  Maria  A.,  b. 
May  20,  1837;  m.Geo.  F.  Wallace;  res.  Winchendon;  Andrew  C, 
b.  Dec.  25,  1840;  unm.;  res.  Old  Point  Comfort,  Va. 

2781.  iv.       AsENATH,  b.  Mar.  18,  1800;  d.  Nov.  4,  1810. 

2782.  V.        Joseph  Addison,  b.  Oct.  23,  180i:;m.  Hannah  Fletcher. 

2783.  vi.        Benj.  F.,  b.  Mar.  21,  1804;  m.  Louisa  Lawrence. 

2784.  vii.      James  Fordyce,  b.  Apr.  14,  1806;  m.  Mary  G.  Whitney. 

2785.  viii.     Richard  Harris,  b.  Nov.  2,  1808;  m.  Nancy  F.  Whitney  and 

Dorcas  Fisk. 

2786.  ix.       Lauretta,  b.  Oct.  25, 1810;  d.  young. 

2787.  X.         Isaiah,  b.  Sept.  22,  1815;  m,  Mary  A.  Gove. 

2788.  xi.        Isaac,  b.  July  24,  1818;  m.  Dorcas  Whitney  Hoar. 

2789.  xii,      Mary,  b.  Feb.,  1824;  m.  Nov.  20, 1846,  Wm.  Stearns  Locke,  b.  Nov. 

21,  1813;  res.  Lancaster,  Mass.  Ch.:  Lauretta  Irene  Locke  Had- 
ley,  b.  Jan.  17, 1848;  m.  June  15, 1878;  res.  Sudbury,  Mass.;  Frances 
.  Ann  Locke  Ordway,  b.  Feb.  14,  1850;  m.  Oct.  14,  1873;  res.  Hud- 
son, Mass.;  Edward  Cutter,  b.  Mar.,  1852;  d.  Mar.  or  Apr.,  1854; 
Warren  Shattuck,  b.  June  10,  1854;  m.  Oct.  8,  1885;  res.  Lancas- 
ter, Mass.;  Edwin  Whitney,  b.  Aug.  10,  1857;  m.  Mar.  29,  1892; 
res.  Lancaster,  Mass. 

1230.  Israel  Whitney  (Israel,  Elijah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Apr.  13,  1775;  m.  at  Boston,  Phoebe  Jennison;  b.  Boston,  June  22,  1781;  d.  Dec. 
4, 1868,  in  Boston. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard  on  the  old  homestead,  where  he  resided  until  he  was  20 
years  of  age.  He  bought  his  time  of  his  father  for  ^20  and  started  for  Boston  to 
seek  his  fortune.  He  engaged  in  the  shoe  business  and  was  quite  prosperous.  His 
store  was  on  Court  street.  l3uring  the  war  of  1812  he  enlisted  ana  was  soon  com- 
missioned an  officer  in  his  regiment.  He  took  an  active  part  in  this  war  much  to  the 
detriment  of  his  business  and  great  pecuniary  loss.  The  result  was  a  general  break- 
down, from  which  Mr.  Whitney  never  recovered  from  this  misfortune.  He  had  a 
sterling  and  able  wife,  who  at  the  helm,  managed  admirably,  and  with  the  assistance 
of  the  sons  came  out  all  right.     He  d.  June  17,  1843;  res.  Roxbury,  Mass. 

2790.  i.  William,  b.  Nov.  15,  1803;  m.  1827,  Adeline  Richardson.     He  d. 
Sepi.26, 1S35,  leaving  one  ?-on,  William,  who  d.  in  the  west,  ae.  45. 

Eliza,  b.  Apr.  9,  1805;  d.  unm.  June  20,  1890. 

Henry,  b.  Sept.  30,  1807;  d.  Sept.,  1808. 

CHARLES.b.  Mar.  10, 1809;  m.  at  Worcester,  Jan.  24, 1840,  Elizabeth 
P.  Day;  b.  Nov.  24,  1816;  d.  Sept.  5,  1891,  s.  p.  When  eleven 
years  of  age  he  worked  in  a  shoe  store,  but  soon  left  for  Maiden, 
Mass.,  where  he  remained  for  seven  years.  Wishing  to  acquire 
a  more  complete  education  he  attended  an  academy  at  Stow  for 
three  years.  At  his  graduation  he  engaged  in  teaching,  and 
later  in  surveying.  He  followed  civil  engineering  and  survey- 
ing until  1891.  He  had  purchased  a  fruit  farm  in  New  Jersey, 
upon  which  he  resided  for  twenty  years.  This  he  disposed  of 
and  has  since  resided  in  Roxbury. 

Charlotte,  b.  Mar.  10,  1809;  m,  Francis  McKenna.  He  d.  1847. 
Ch.:  Andrew,  Alfred,  and  John.     She  d.  Dec.  4,  1879. 

Harriett,  b.  Feb.  3,  1811;  unm.;  res.  12  Thornly  St.,  Dor- 
chester, Mass. 

Martha  A.,  b.  Dec.  2,  1813;  m.  Warren  O.,  Rogers.  She  d. 
Dec.  18,  187  6,  s.  p. 

Henry  A.,  b.  Jan.  15,  1815;  m.  Hannah  Stickles. 

Alfred,  b.  Feb.  11,  1817;  d.  June  7,  1834. 

Caroline,  b.  Sept.  30, 1820;  d.  1822. 

















1236.    Oliver  Whitney  (Israel,  Elijah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  May  16,  1786;  m.  there  Mar.  16,  1809,  Mercy  Whitcomb,  b.  Aug.  24,  1791;  d, 

Sept.  5,  1865. 

Oliver  Whitney,  the  youngest  child  of  Israel  and 
Hannah  Mead  Whitney,  was  born  May  16,  17S6,  at 
Harvard,  Mass.  When  a  little  over  two  years  of  age 
his  mother  died,  and  he  went  to  live  with  his  oldest 
sister,  Hannah,  who  had  married  Phineas  Sawyer,  and 
was  then  living  in  Marlboro,  Mass.  Soon  after  the 
second  marriage  of  his  father  (to  the  "  Widow  Puffer  ") 
he  returned  to  live  on  the  home  place,  and,  as  he  grew 
to  manhood,  he  followed  his  father's  occupation  of 
farming.  The  farm  products  were  then  carried  to  Bos- 
ton several  times  a  year,  and  these  journeys  were 
about  his  only  travels.  When  he  married  Mercy  Whit- 
comb, Mar.  16,  1809,  he  took  her  to  live  on  the  old 
place,  and  there  five  children,  Susan,  Hannah,  Mercy, 
Waldo,  and  Charlotte,  were  born.  On  May  10,  1821, 
_,„._„,..„„.,_,.  thev  moved  to  Lunenburg,  Mass.,  where  their  young- 

est  child,  Israel,  was  born,  and  where  they  spent  their 
remaining  years.  When  young,  Oliver  attended  the  Congregational  Church  in 
Harvard,  but  in  middle  life  he  "joined  "  the  Methodists,  and  at  his  house  the  itiner- 
ant preachers  always  found  a  warm  welcome.  In  politics  he  was  an  Anti-Federalist,, 
and  later  became  a  Democrat.  He  looked  after  the  farm  interests  until  two  years 
before  his  death,  when  he  allowed  the  management  of  affairs  to  pass  into  the  hands 
of  his  youngest  child,  Israel.  After  gradually  failing  he  passed  away  June  5,  1855. 
He  made  his  will  Apr.  18,  1845;  it  was  probated  July  3,  1855.  He  d.  June  5,  1855; 
res.  Harvard  and  Lunenburg,  Mass. 

2800.  i.  Susan,  b.  Jan.  23,  1811;  m.  Nov.  27,  1832,  Henrv  S.  Whitney. 

2801.  ii.         Hannah  Mead,  b.  Jan.  22,  1813;  m.  Feb.  14,  1832,  in  Lunenburg, 

Albert  Stratton,  b.  Apr.  14,  1807;  d.  Jan.  1,  1881.  She  d.  Feb.  11, 
1880;  res.  Leominster.  Ch.:  .Martin  W.,  b.  Nov.  14, 1833;  m.  Mary 
J.  Litchfield  and  Martha  A.  L.  Gale;  res.  Reading,  Kan.;  Capt. 
Joel  A.,  b.  Mar.  9,  1837;  served  in  war,  was  capt.  Co.  C,  58d 
Regt.  Mass.  Vols.;  was  wounded  at  Port  Hudson  June  14,  1863; 
■  m.  Hannah  W.  Comey;  res.  Reading;  Albert  0.,b.  Apr.  19,  1839; 
was  in  the  war  3  years  in  37th  Regt.  Mass.  Vols.;  was  in  nine- 
teen battles  and  skirmishes;  clothing  hit  five  times  with  bullets; 
m.  Mar.  7,  1866,  to  Jennie  Spencer  Stone;  now  lives  in  Meriden 
(Allen  Ave.),  Conn.;  ch..  Charlotte  A.  S.,  b.  Oct.  13,  1841;  lives 
in  Leominster,  Mass.,  Adaliza  Hannah  Stratton,  b.  Sept.  22,1851, 
in  Leominster,  Mass.;  m.  to  Warren  J.  Lewis  July  1,  1869;  thev 
now  live  in  Leominster,  Mass.;  Rev.  Porter  Raymond,  b.  July 
13,  1855,  in  Leominster,  Mass.;  is  now  pastor  of  M.  E.  Church, 
at  Oakdale,  Mass.;  he  m.  Annie  Jewett,  in  1880,  at  Leominster, 

2802.  iii.       Mercy,  b.  Jan.  10,  1815;  d.  Aug.  10, 1881. 

2803.  iv.       Waldo,  b.  Apr.  16,   1817;   m.  Sept.  8,  1842,  in  Lincoln,  Mass., 

Hannah  Matylda  Benjamin;  she  d.  s.  p.  Dec.  1887,  in  Leo- 

2804.  V.        Israel,  b.  July  4,1823;  m.  Jan.  20,  1848,  Mary  A.  Benjamin;  she 

d.  s.  p.  Dec.  31,  1892;  res.  Leominster,  Alass. 

2805.  vi.        Charlotte  Barnes,  b.  Jan.  4,  1820;  m.  Jan.  20,  1842,    Hiram 

Walker;  res.  Leominster,  Mass.  He  was  b.  in  Rindge,  N.  H., 
Dec.  20,  18-.  Ch.:  Henry  S.,b.  Aug.  21,  1843;  m.  Dec.  13,  1871; 
d.  Sept.  15,  1878;  Randall  F.,  b.  Dec.  5, 1845;  m.  June  22,  1870; 
Leominster,  Mass.;  Arthur  H.,  b.  Feb.  21,  1848;  m.  Jan.  12, 
1871;  d.  Nov.  30,  1881;  Hiram  L.,  b.  Sept.  28,  1850;  m.  Dec.  24, 
1879,  Whitefield,  N.  H.;  Alfred  L.,  b.  Oct.  28,  1852;  m.  Oct. 
28,  1880;  address  Leominster,  Mass.;  Helen  C.  b.  Feb.  7,  1855; 
m.  Dec.  11,  1878;  address  Helen  C.  Duncan,  Hancock,  N.  H.; 
Frank  W.,  b.  Mar.  25,  1857;  m.  Sept.  22,  1881;  address  Babylon, 
N.  Y.;  Fred  I.,  b.  Mar.  7,  1860;  m.  Oct.  15,  1885;  address  Leo- 
minster, Mass. 


1237  Luther  Whitney  (Israel,  Elijah,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Feb.  5,  1790;  m.  there  Jan.  3,  1814,  Melinda  Wetherbee.b.  1797;  d.  May  4, 1847. 

He  was  born  in  Harvard  on  the  farm  which  his  grandfather  had  purchased 
before  the  town  was  incorporated.     He  always  resided  there,  and  at  his  death  the 

Kroperty  passed  into  possession  of  his  son  Luke.     He  d.  Mar.  12, 1871;  res.  Harvard, 

2806.  i.  Luke,  b.  Sept.  9,  1815;  m.  Charlotte  M.  Turner,  Abigail  Knight 

and  Lydia  H.  Hartwell. 

2807.  ii.        William,  b. ;  m.  Jane . 

2808.  iii.       Jonathan  W.,  b.  Nov.,  1819;  m.  Mercy  R. . 

2809.  iv.       Clarissa,  b. ;  d. . 

1240  John  Whitney  (John,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Topsfield,  Mass., 
Apr.  13,  1780;  m.  in  Topsfield,  Mass.,  in  1809,  Mary  Mundy,  b.  Nov.  30, 1790;  d.  July  25, 
1878,  in  Goffstown. 

He  was  born  in  Bolton  and  married  his  wife  in  Salem,  Mass.  Soon  after  his 
marriage  he  moved  to  New  Hampshire,  settling  in  Weare  and  engaging  in  the  manu- 
facture of  oil  at  a  small  village,  which  took  its  name  from  the  oil  mill  and  is  at 
present  known  as  Oil  Mill  Village.  After  a  few  years  he  sold  his  mill  and  purchased 
a  farm  at  Goffstown  and  passed  the  remainder  of  his  days  on  his  farm.  He  d.  June 
26,  1865;  res.  Goffstown,  N.  H 

2810.  i.  Artemas,  b.  Aug.  30,  1809,  d.  Jan.  30, 1810. 

2811.  ii.         Millie,  b.  Jan.  24,  1810;  m.  Dec.  29,  1829,  Silas  Barnes,  b.  May  3, 

1800,  d.  May  16,  1874.  He  was  a  clothier  and  farmer.  She  d, 
July  11,  1874;  res.  Goffstown,  N.  H.  Ch.:  Mary  Alice,  b.  June 
4,  1831,  d.  Dec.  31,  1845;  Albert  W.,  b.  Jan.  9,  1833;  m.  Dec.  26, 
1873;  no  ch.;  res.  Henniker,  N,  H.;  Elizabeth  R.,  b.  Sept.  18, 
1834;  m.  Mar.,  1879;  d.  July  27,  1890;  Geo.  A.,  b.  Sept.  29,  1836, 
d.  Apr.,  1881;  Caroline  M.,  b.  Apr.  21,  1838,  d.  Mar.,  1853. 

2812.  iii.        Albert,  b.  July  21,  1811;  m.  Elizabeth  Rice  and  Susan  R.  Rice. 

2813.  iv.       Artemas,  b.  Feb.  27,  1814;  m.  Mar.  26,  1844,  Louisa  Philips;  m. 

2d,  Jennie  Barnes.     He  d.  s.  p.  Aug.  1879. 

2814.  V.        John,  b.  Nov.  3, 1818,  d.  Feb.  20,  1823. 

2815.  vi.        John,  b.  Apr.  5,  1824;  m.  Eliza  H.  Fisher. 

2816.  vii.      Mary  Jane,  b.  Oct.  21,  1821;  m.  Nov.  2,  1848,  Samuel  J.  Tenney. 

She  d.  s.  p.  Oct.  21,  1856.  He  was  b.  1820.  He  m.  for  2d  wife 
Rhoda  F.  Worthley,  b.  1838,  d.  1871;  m.  3d  Clara  Scribner;  res. 
Goffstown,  N.  H.;  one  child  bv  second  wife. 

2817.  viii.     Alice,  b.  Oct.  26,  1829;  d.  Aug.  24,  1830. 

2818.  ix.        Harriett,  b.  Oct.  6,  1831;  m.  Feb.  9,  1857,  Franklin  E.Johnson. 

She  d.  Aug.  22,  1871.  Ch.:  Clarence  A.,  b.  Jan.  7,  1858;  m. 
Aug.  15,  1882;  res.  Denver,  Colo.;  W.  M.,  b.  Oct.  .31,  1860;  dead; 
Bess  L.,  b.  Nov.  12,  1862;  m.  Nov.  22,  1887,  Charles  Fohn;  res. 
Winchester,  Mass.;  Mabel  W.,  b.  May  12,  1864;  res.  Nahant, 

1250.  Abraham  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b. 
Harvard,  Mass.,  Nov.  29,  1779;  m.  Apr.  3,  1802,  Alice  Houghton;  res.  Harvard, 

2819.  i.         Mercy,   b.    July    16,  2821.    iii.       Almira,   b.   Oct.   24, 

1802.  1805;  d.  Jan.  10, 1811. 

2820.  ii.         ABEL.b.  Feb.20, 1804.  2822.    iv.        Maria,   b.    Nov.    15, 


1251.  Josiah  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  Harvard, 
Mass.,  Aug.  18, 1781;  m.  Feb.  6,  1803,  Sally  Puffer.  He  d.  about  1805;  res.  Harvard, 

2823.    i.         Luke,  b.  Apr.  22, 1803.  2824.    ii.        Jefferson,   b.    Nov. 

29,  1804. 

1252.    John  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John),  b.  in  Har- 
vard, July  31,  1783;  m.  Nov.  23,  1804,  Sally  Stowe;  res.  Harvard,  Mass. 

2825.  i.  Lucy  Stowe,  b.  July  12,  1805;  m.  Ethan  Wetherbee,  and  had 

two  ch. 

2826.  ii.         Sullivan,  b.  Dec.  22,  1808;  d.  young. 

2827.  iii.        John,  b.  Mar.  16,  1813;  m,  Mary  Nourse. 


1254.  Simeon  Howard  Whitney  (Abraham,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John), 
b.  Harvard,  Mar.  2t),  1787;  m.  in  Lancaster,  Aug.  9,  1811,  Nancy  Barnard;  b.  May  22, 
1786;  d.  Jan.  9,  1856,  in  Fitchburg.  He  was  born  on  the  old  Whitney  place,  followed 
farming  and  his  trade,  that  of  a  stone  mason.  He  resided  in  Harvard  and  Lancas- 
ter, but  died  in  Leominster.     He  d.  Apr.  29,  1859;  res.  Bolton  and  Lancaster,  Mass. 

2828.  i,  Jerome  Blake,  b.  Apr.  3,  1812;  m.  Jan.  19,  1837;  res.  Boxboro, 


2829.  ii.         JosiAH  Dudley,  b.  Sept.  7,  1816;  m.  Catherine  A.  Harvey. 

2830.  iii.        Elhaxan  Winchester,  b.  Oct.  21,  1819;  m.  Sarah  A.  Bogert. 

2831.  iv.        Ann  Barnard,  b.  July  10,  1824;  m.  May  15,  1843,  Henry  Gates, 

Leominster,  Mass.  She  d.  July  7,  1859.  A  dau.,  Anna  A.,  res. 
Leominster,  Mass. 

2832.  V.        Abigail  Boylston  Moore,  b.  Oct.  24,  1826;  m.  Nov.  24,  1847, 

George  W.  De  Witt;  res.  886  Main  street,  Waltham.  Ch.:  Nanna 
Aroline,  b.  Sept.  8,  1848;  Abby  Anna,b.  Nov.  15, 1849;  d.  Jan.  15, 
1890;  Clara  Whitney,  b.  Dec.  21,  1851;  res.  9  Silver  street,  Wor- 
cester, Mass.;  Leroy  Elvine,  b.  Apr.  8,  1854;  res.  Leominster; 
Herbert  Barnard,  b.  Oct.  14,  1856;  res.  Leominster;  George 
Washington,  b.  Nov.  9,  1859;  d.  Aug.  18,  1879. 

2833.  vi.        LvDiA  Parker,  b.  Dec.  29,  1828;  m.  Oct.  30,  1851,  John  B.  Hoar; 

res.  W.  Acton,  Mass.  He  was  b.  1829;  d.  Oct.  13,  1872.  Ch.: 
Katie  Louisa,  b.  Aug.  20,  1852;  d.  Oct.  20,  1872;  Arthur  Cephas, 
b.  Sept.  21,  1854;  m.  Ella  A.  Ewings.  Name  changed  to  Whit- 
ney; 166  Devonshire  street,  r.  42,  Boston,  Mass.;  Ellen  Gertrude, 
b.  Aug.  14,  1856;  m.  Edwin  M.  Wheeler.  He  d.  May  31,  1882; 
res.  West  Acton;  John  Sherman,  b.  Mar.  4,  1860;  m.  Miimie  R. 
Hart;  res.  West  Acton;  Crosby  Abner,  b.  Oct.  17,1862;  name 
changed  to  Whitney;  res.  Newport,  R.  I.;  Edwin  Barker,  b. 
Nov.  18,  1865;  m.  Emma  Reitz;  name  changed  to  Whitney;  res. 
2109  A,  Washington  street,  St.  Louis,  Mo.;  Alice  Josephine,  b. 
Nov.  7,  1871;  res.  W.  Acton. 

1267.  Samuel  Whitney  (Elijah,  Abraham,  Isaiah,  Thomas,  John)  b.  Bolton, 
Mass.,  Sept.  10,  1778;  m.  in  Acton,  Oct.,  1807,  Lucy  Handley;  b.  Oct.  14,  1788;  d.  Nov. 
15,  1874.  He  was  a  cooper  by  trade,  but  followed  farming  most  of  his  life.  He  d. 
July  29,  1868;  res.  Bolton,  Mass. 

2834.  i.  Samuel  Ivory,  b.  Mar.  13,  1809;  m.  Eliza  Cannon. 

2835.  ii.         Franklin,  b.  Sept.  19,  1811 ;  d.  New  Bedford,  July  22,  1866. 

2836.  iii.        Amasa,  b.  Jan.  13,  1813;  m.  Susan  Cannon. 

2837.  IV.        Sidney  S.,  b.  Feb.  25,  1815;  m.  Marv  C.  Getchell. 

2838.  V.         Urania,  b.  Jan.  6, 1817;  m.  Geo.  Cannon.     She  d.  Nov.  6,  1891.  He 

was  b.  Apr.  17,  1817;  d.  Jan.  3,  1878.  Ch.:  Susan  A.,  b.  in  N.  B., 
July  20,  1842;  d.  July  28,  1883;  Albert,  b.  in  N.  B.,  Oct.  10,  1844; 
m.  Oct.  30,  1879;  res.  New  Bedford,  Mass.;  Caroline  L.,  b.  N.  B., 
Mav  17,  1847;d.  Apr.  6,  1866;  George  S.,  b.  in  N.  B.,  Nov.  1,1851; 
d.  Jan.  13,  1860. 

Daniel,  b.  Apr.,  1810;  d. In  1813. 

Almira,  b.  Sept.  21,  1822;  m.  Isaiah  H.  Potter. 

Lucy,  b.  June  10,  1824. 

Alonzo,  b.  Nov.  29,  1826;  m.  Sarah  H.  Cooledge. 

1278.  Capt.  Jonas  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Zaccheus,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b. 
Lancaster,  Mass.,  Aug.  27,  1772;  m.  there  June  2,  1803,  Mary  Hawkes.  He  d.  Jan.  14, 
1846;  res.  Lancaster,  Mass. 

2843.    i.  Mary,  b.  Mar.  7,  1804. 

1279.  Zaccheus  Whitney  (Jonathan,  Zaccheus,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b. 

Lancaster,  Mass.,  Mar.  11,  1774;    m.  there  Fanny .     He  d.  1845;  res.  Boston 

and  Cambridge,  Mass. 










William  S.,  b.  1822;  d.  Oct.  4,  1823. 
i.        Edmund  T.,  b. 

iii.        Sarah  F.,  b. ;   m.  Joseph  P.  Hewlett. 

1285.  Amos  Whitney  (Levi,  Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John), b.  Feb.  11,1766; 
m.  in  Concord,  Apr.  16,  1789,  Anna  Brown.  He  was  in  the  coopering  business  at 
Chelmsford,  now  Middlesex  village,  where  he  lived,  and  where  he  acquired  a  large 
property  in  that  trade.     He  d.  Oct.  2,  1854;  res.  Chelmsford,  Mass. 



2847.  i.  Amos,  b.  1790;  d.  unm.  Oct.  19,  1873.    Amos  Whitney  was  never 

married.  He  was  a  man  of  exemplary  character,  without  being^ 
particularly  enterprising.  In  1864  his  father  died  and  left  him  a 
large  amount  of  wealth,  though  his  means  were  ample  without 
this  inheritance.  He  left  a  will  at  his  decease,  giving  $20,000  to- 
relatives,  $2,500  to  the  "Old  Ladies'  Home"  at  Lowell,  and 
made  Tuft's  college  the  residuary  legatee.  His  estate  was 
valued  at  over  $50,000. 

2848.  ii.         Sewell,  b. ;  d. . 

1286.  Asa  Whitney  (Levi,  Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  in  1767;  m, 
Feb.  25, 1790;  Mary  Wallis,  d.  Feb.  11, 1846.  Asa  Whitney  was  a  hard  working,  hon- 
est and  upright  man.  All  his  children  were  born  on  Nissequassick  Hill,  in  Town- 
send.    He  d.  Dec.  27,  1851;  res.  Townsend,  Mass. 

2849     i.  Polly,  b.  May  29,  1790;  m.  Sept.  12,  1811;  James  French,  of  Hen- 

niker,  N.  H.,  b.  Feb.  28,  1789;  d.  Mar.  30,  1862.  She  d.  Mar.  17, 
1861.  He  was  a  farmer  and  superior  manufacturer  of  bas- 
kets which  business  he  followed  many  years.  Ch.:  Mary,  b. 
Aug.  28,  1813;  m.  Hiram  Bell;  Jas.  M.,  b.  Jan.  29,  1818;  m.  Mary 
C.  Barker. 

2850.  ii.         Asa,  b.  Dec.  1,  1791;  m.  Clarinda  Williams. 

2851.  iii.       Samuel,  b.  Feb.  27,  1794;  m.  Polly  Wallace  and  Kezia  Gage. 

2852.  iv.       SEWELL,b.  Mar.  18,1796;  d.  Oct.  26, 1818.    He  d.  unm.,  and  was  the 

only  one  of  the  family  who  worked  on  wood,  the  others  being 
disciples  of  Tubal  Cain.  He  made  bowls,  bottles  and  trays. 
His  gallon  bottles  were  made  of  poplar,  one  piece  of  wood 
turned  inside  and  outside  while  the  wood  was  green.  Seasoned 
heads  of  the  same  wood  were  then  put  in  and  when  dried  were 

2853.  V.         Rebecca,  b.  May  3, 1800;  m,  George  Hartwell  and  d.  Sept.  28, 1829. 

2854.  vi.        Levi,  b.  Mar.  19,  1802;  m. ;  res.  Maryfield,  O. 

2855.  vii.      Joel,  b.  June  8,  1807;  m.  Esther  M.  Treadwell. 

1288.  Aaron  Whitney  (Levi,  Daniel,  Jonathan,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Townsend,. 
Mass.,  1772;  m.  Mar.  16,  1797,  Phebe  Dunklee,  b.  Dec.  20,  1778;  d.  Jan.  31,  1800;  m. 
2d  Olive  Lund,  b.  Aug.  1779;  d.  Jan.,  1867. 

He  was  a  blacksmith  by  trade,  and  in  1812  was  the  postmaster  at  Amherst.  His 
shop  was  burned  in  1815,  and  in  1819  he  moved  to  Calias.  He  was  a  prominent  citi- 
zen in  Amherst  for  some  time.  He  d.  Feb.  16,  1845;  res.  Nashua,  N.  H.,  and  Am- 
herst, Mass.,  and  Calais,  Me. 

2856.  i.  Levi,  b.  July  7, 1798;  m.  Jane  Whitney. 

2857.  ii.         Luke,  b.  Jan.  2, 1800;  m.  Cynthia  Smith  King  and  Mary  Thankful 


2858.  iii.       Mark,  b.  Jan.  2, 1800;  d.  Feb.  22,  1807,  in  Amherst,  N.  H. 

2859.  iv.       Aaron,  b.  Dec.  15,  1801;  m.  Rebecca  Perkins. 

2860.  V.         James,  b.  July  8,  1808;  m.  Julia  A.  Dorr. 

2861.  vi.       Olive,  b.  May  15,  1805;  res.  Westbrook,  Me. 

1307.    John  Whitney  (James,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Mar.  10,  1742;. 
m.  Hannah  Holbrook,  b.  June  3,  1741;  d.  in  Sherborn.    He  was  a  farmer.     He  d.  Feb. 
17,  1825;  res.  Sherborn  and  Wrentham,  Mass. 
James,  b.  in  1770;  d.  in  1770. 
John,  b.  in  1770;  d.  in  1770. 
John,  b.  in  1772;  m.  Clarissa  Slack. 
Nathaniel,  b.  in  1774;  m.  Deborah  Fames. 

Hannah,  b.  in  1776;  m.  Henry  Pratt,  of  Sherborn.  She  d.  in 
Sherborn  in  1842.  Ch.:  Jacob,  b.  1806;  m.  Mary  A.  Hooker  and 
Phebe  Whitney;  William,  b.  1808;  d.l808;  Eleanor,  b.  1810;  d. 
1810;  William,  b.  1813;  d.  1831;  John  W.,  b.  1819;  m.  Elizabeth 
Moore,  of  Natick. 

2867.  vi.        Patty,  b.  in  1778;  d.  in  1778. 

2868.  vii.      James,  b.  in  1779;  m.  Lois  Blodgett. 

2869.  viii.     Ezra,  b.  in  1781;  m.  Sally  F.  Slack  and  Mary  W.  Allen. 

1316.  James  Whitney  (Benjamin,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Oct.  1755; 
m.  Susannah  Hill,  b.  in  1761;  d.  Sept.  25, 1841.     He  was  in  Capt.  Brooks'  comoany 











from  Sherborn,  in  the  Revolutionary  war.     He  d.  in  Dover,  Mass.,  in  June,  1800;  res. 
Sherborn,  Mass. 

2870.  i.  Isaac,  b.  in  1782;  m.  Mary  Moore  and  Sarah  Thayer. 

2871.  ii.         Benjamin,  b.  in  T.,  1785;  m.  Hepsibeth  Moore. 

2872.  iii.        Martin,  b.  June  17,  1787;  m.  Nancy  Orne,  Moriah,  N.  Y. 
2873     iv.       Sylvia,  b.  Dec.  2,  1795;  d.  young;  res.  Attleboro. 

2874.  V.         Patty,  b.  Mar.  5,  1792;  d.  young. 

2875.  vi.        Susan,  b.  in  1790;  d.  young. 

1317.  Joseph  Whitney  (Benjamin,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Sherborn, 
1762;  m.  Sally  Parks.     He  d.  in  1846;  res.  Gardner,  Mass. 

2876.  1.  Henry,  b.  in  1793;  m.  Mary  Ann  Bassett. 

2877.  ii.         Sally,  b.  in  1795;  m.  Luther  Alden. 

2878.  iii.        Esther,  b.  in  1797;  m.  Jonas  Brick,  b.  Oct.  10,  1796.     Ch.:     Mary 

Ann  and  Esther. 

2879.  iv.        Joseph  P.,  b.  in  1798;  m.  Roena  Bickford. 

2880.  V.         George,  b.  in  1801;  m.  Sophia  Greenwood. 

2881.  vi.       Charles,  b.  in  1804;  d.  1824. 

2882.  vii.      Samuel,  b.  in  1806;  d.  in  1826. 

2883.  viii.     Anna  P.,  b.  in  1809;  m. Read. 

1318.  James  Whitney  (Ezra,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Mendon,  Dec. 

15,  1764;  m. ;  m.  2d ;  m.  3d   Mary  Robinson,  of  Oxford,  b. 

Oct.  8, 1771;  d.  Jan.  18,  1805.     He  d.  at  C.  in  1822;  res.  East  Woodstock,  Conn.,  Ox- 
ford, Mass.,  and  Craftsbury,  Vt. 

Job,  b.  Sept.  29, 1788;  m.  Abigail  Buckman. 

Ezra,  b.  Jan.  1790;  m.  Lucy  Waters. 

Newell,  b.  in  1796;  m,  Anna  Leonard,  Clarissa  Clark  and  L. 

Henrietta, b.  May  17,  1797;  m.  Feb.  19,  1823,  Ephraim  Baylies, 
of  Uxbridge. 

Mercy,  b. ;  m.  Perley  Lyon  and  Asa  Buckbee,  of  Wood- 
stock, Conn.,  s.  p. 

James,  b.  Mar.  6,  1800;  m.  Prudence  Allard  and  Lavina  Lee. 

Mary.  b.  Dec.  3,  1801;  m.  Feb.  4,  1827,  Josiah  Allen;  res.  Crafts- 
bury,  Vt.;  a  son  Job;  res.  Craftsbury. 

MiCAH,  b.  Oct.  20,  1803;  m.  Diantha  Walker  and  Elizabeth  Chan- 

Schuyler,  b.  Sept.  9,  1806;  m.  Sally  Litchfield. 

Bezaleel,  b.  Apr.  16,  1808;  m.  Abigail  Collins. 

Ruth  H.,  b.  Oct.  12,  1809;  m.  Apr.  24,  1838.  Alanson  Howard,  in 
Uxbridge;  b.  1803;  d.  Sept.  28,  1849;  and  George  Towne;  m.  at 
East  Woodstock,  Conn.,  Nov.  26,  1863.  He  was  b.  Feb.  18,  1795 
d.  Sept.  30,  1879.  She  res.  9  Henshaw  St.,  Worcester,  Mass 
Ch.:  Josephine  E.,  b.  Mar.  30,  18.39;  res.  Thompson,  Conn 
Charles  A.,  b.  May  8, 1840;  res.  Wilsonville,  Conn.;  Timothy  F. 
b.  July  28,  1843;  res.  Worcester,  Mass.;  Sarah  C,  b.  Jan.  25, 1849 
d.  May  9,  1872. 

Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  12,  1809;  d.  young. 

William  G.,  b.  May  12,  1811 ;  m.  Marita  Draper.  He  d.  s.  p.  Apr. 

Daniel,  b.  Oct.  2, 1812;  m.  Ruth  Watson. 

Samuel  B.,  b.  Sept.  17,  1814;  m.  1842,  Sophia  Walker  and,  1849. 
Martha  Draper. 

Clarissa,  b.  Apr.  29,  1816;  d.  1837,  unm. 

Betsey  H.,  b.  Mar.  29,  1818;  m.  1839,  Ziba  Harriman,  of  Greens- 
boro, Vt.,  and  1869  Burrill  Hoyt. 

Pliny  C,  b.  July  30,  1819;  m.  Nancy  Lincoln. 

Otis,  b.  Apr.  19,  1821 ;  m.  Joanna  W.  Howard  and  Medosa  Albee. 

FiDDiA,  b.  Mar.  11,  1823;  d.  Mar.  21,  1824. 

1320.     Ezra  Whitney  (Ezra,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John;,  b.  Nov.  29,  1760;  m. 
-;  res.  Douglass,  Mass. 



























2904.  i.         Eliza,  b. .  2906.    iii.      William,  b. 

2905.  ii.        Harriett,  b. . 


1321.    Col.  Moses  Whitney  (Ezra,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  1756;  m. 

Hannah ;  m.  2d,  Apr.  3.  1796,  Mrs.  Nancy  (Mann)  Tyler*.     He  served  in  the 

Revolutionary  war,  first  in  a  Douglass  company  and  later  in  the  company  from  Ux- 
bridge,   in   which   he  was   sergeant.      He   d.   Apr.   10,    1826;    res.    Uxbridge    and 

"^^"2907.^'  i.^^^"  Anna  Wyett,  b.  Apr.  18,  1787;  d.  Oct.  20,  1792. 
2908     ii.        John  Andrews,  b.  Jan.  10,  1789. 

2909.  iii.       Samuel  B.,  b.  Dec.  18,  1791. 

2910.  iv.       Nancy  Wyett,  b.  Apr.  4,  1797;  d.  s.  p.  1888. 

2911      v  JULIAN  Ann,  b.  June  25,  1798;  m.  Nov.  27,  1821,  Benjamin  Allen 

Tillinghast,  b.  May  2, 1799.  He  d.  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Jan.  12, 1887.  She 
d.  Mar.  7,  1850.  He  m.  2d,  May  10,  1853,  Harriett  Cornell,  b. 
Apr,  3,  1806.  Ch.:  Thomas  Allen,  b.  Wrentham,  Mass.,  Nov.  9, 
1822;  d.  Troy,  N.  Y.,  June  10,  1879,  ae.  57;  m.  Margaret  Scott 

Griffith,  of  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Oct.  6,  1847;  b. ;  d.  Dorchester, 

Mass.,  Apr.  14,  1890;  5  ch.;  Charles  Whitney,  b.  East  Green- 
wich, R.  I.,  May  23,  1824;  m.  Mary  B.Southwick,  at  Trov,  N.  Y.. 
Dec.  1,  1852;  b.  Apr.  7, 1832;  2  ch.;  address  Troy,  N.  Y.;  William 
Henry,  b.  Warwick,  R.  I.,  May  11, 1826;  m.  Phebe  Wycoff,  of  New 
York'City,  June  21, 1855;  noch.;  address  26  East  Sixty-fourth  St., 
New  York  City;  Joseph  Joslin,  b.  Trov,  N.  Y.,  Jan.  30,  1831;  m. 
Mary  J.  Sullivan,  at  Madison,  Ind.,  Dec.  9,  1863;  b.  Aug.  13, 
18;Mi  2  ch.;  address  Troy,  N.  Y.;  Alice  Ann,  born  Troy,  N.  Y., 
Mar.  3,  1834;  d.  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Feb.  3,  1872,  ae.  38;  ra.  Plinev  A. 
Meore,  at  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Jan.  24,  1867;  b.  1814;  d.  Troy,  N.  Y.,  'May 
30,  1877  ae.  63;  no  ch. 

2912.  vi.       Hannah  Tillinghast.  b.  Feb.  7,  1800;  d.  1804. 

2913.  vii.       Benjamin,  b.  m  1782;  m.  Rachel  Nye  Spooner. 

2914.  viii.     Timothy,  b. .     His  granddaughter  is  Mrs.  L.  H.  Kingsbury, 

Dedham,  Mass. 

2915.  ix.        Esther,  b. ;  d.  unm.  1891. 

2916.  X.        Charlotte,  b. ;  d.  1802. 

2917.  xi.        Ellen  Maria,  b.  Feb.  29,  1808;  m.  May  11,  18-35,  at  Wrentham, 

Henry  Jackson  Wilde;  b.  in  Hallowell,  April  6,  1804.  He  was 
the  son  of  Samuel  Sumner  Wilde  and  Eunice  Cobb,  his  wife. 
Samuel  S.  Wilde  was  judge  of  the  supreme  court  of  Massa- 
chusetts, and  when  Maine  became  a  state.  Judge  Wilde  moved 
his  family  to  Ne'wburyport,  that  he  might  still  be  a  resident  of 
Massachusetts.  One  of  Mr.  Wilde's  sisters  married  Judge 
Emmons,  of  Hallowell,  and  another  married  Hon.  Caleb  Gush- 
ing, of  Newburyport.  Two  of  Mr.  Wilde's  brothers  studied 
law  and  practiced,  but  Mr.  Wilde  never  followed  any  profession, 
and  his  life  was  full  of  changes.  Like  other  Newburyport 
boys  he  went  to  sea.  Rounding  Cape  Horn  he  remained  in  the 
Andes,  in  the  silver  mines  for  a  time,  returned  to  the  United 
States  and  went  into  a  store  in  Boston.  Later  he  was  married 
to  Ellen  Maria  Whitney  and  went  into  the  coal  business  in 
Pottsville,  Pa.,  where  his  daughter,  Anne  Doane,  was  born.  He 
moved  to  Albia  village,  a  part  of  Troy,  N.  Y.,  and  after  a  few 
years  moved  to  Washington,  D.  C.  For  a  time  he  was  in  the 
office  of  his  brother-in-law,  Caleb  Gushing,  then  for  a  number 
of  years  he  was  in  the  navy  department.  In  1847  he  moved 
his  family  to  Boston  and  made  his  home  with  his  father.  Judge 
Wilde,  who  was  a  widower,  living  in  that  city.  Mr.  Wilde  was 
in  the  custom  house,  and  later  was  naval  storekeeper  at  Charles- 
town,  Mass.  In  1855  Judge  Wilde  died  and  Mr.  Wilde  moved  to 
one  of  the  suburbs.  He  d.  when  away  from  home  in  Pepperill, 
Mar,  .30,  1873.  She  d.  Dec.  27,  1864.  Ch.:  Anne  Doane,  b.  July 
8,  1838;  m.  Oct.  9,  1864,  Henry  W.  Daniell;  res.  Boston;  Ellen 
Maria,  b.  Jan.  1,  1841;  res.  Milton,  Mass. 

2918.  xii.      Susan,  b. ;  d.  1813. 

2919.  xiii.     Adeliza,  b.  Nov.  6,  1811;  m.  Nov. 9, 1837,  Edmund  J.  Felt;  was  a 

farmer  and  manufacturing  jeweler.     She  d.  Dec.  5,  1861.     He 

May  25.  1790,  Moses  was  appointed  guardian  of  Polly  Wells  Tyler,  a  child  of  second  wife  by 
her  first  husband. 


was  b.  Nov.  30,  1812;  d.  Aug.  1,  1892.  Ch.:  Edmund  Selwyn,  b. 
in  Wrentham,  Nov. 28, 1838;  d.  in  Flint,  Mich.,  Sept.  21, 1878;  m. 
Mrs.  Elizabeth  (Robinson)  Pratt,  in  New  York  City,  April  30, 
1868;  res.  Flint  Mich.;  no  children;  James  Mann,b.  in  Wrentham, 
July  10, 1841;  d.  July  21,  1858;  David  Shepard,  b.  in  Wrentham, 
Sept.  13, 1843;  m.  in  Troy,  N.  Y.,  Mar.  29, 1873,  Sarah  A.  Meader, 
dau.  of  Hiram  and  Eliza  (Mann)  Meader;  res.  in  the  city  of 
Albany,  N.  Y.;  Henry  Wilde,  b.  June  10,  1881;  m.  Sept.  5,  1893, 
Ludlow,  Vt.,  Lily  E.  A.  Robbins,  dau.  Fred'k  C.  and  Eliza  (Chap- 
man); Oliver,  b.  in  Wrentham,  Mar.  1,  1853;  m.  Carrie  (Owen). 

1322.     Samuel  Whitney  (Ezra,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b. ;  m. 

Azubah ;   he   d.   Aug.,   1789;   res.   Douglass,   Mass.     Inventory  of   his   estate 

returned  to  probate  court  at  Worcester,  Sept.  1,  1789.     His  bro.  Ezra  was  admr. 

2920.  i.  Samuel,  b.  July  30,  1789;  m.  Mary  Willard. 

2921.  ii.         Mary,  b. ;  m.  James  Whiting. 

2922.  iii.        Mercy,  b. ;  m.  John  Crafts;  res.  Monson,  Me. 

1326.  Amos  Whitney  (Daniel,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Sherborn,  1762; 
m.  Catherine  Hunt.  He  was  a  merchant  in  Boston.  He  d.  in  1804;  res.  Sherborn, 
Mass.,  and  Boston,  Mass. 

2923.  i.  Wm.  Scott, b. .  2925.    iii.-       Amos,  b. . 

2924.  ii.         Daniel  White,  2926.    iv.       Catherine. 

b. . 

1330.  Aaron  Whitney  (Daniel,  James,  John,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  1772;  m.  Eda 
Fiske.     He  d.  in  1818;  res.  Sherborn,  Mass.,  and  Providence,  R.  I. 

John  F.,  b.  in  1795;  d.  in  1814. 

Mary,  b.  in  1801;   m.  Moses  Stratton,  of  Natick,  and  d.  1822. 

Ch.:   Mary  W.,  b.  1822. 
Elizabeth,  b.  in  1803;  d.  in  1824. 
Daniel,  b.  in  1805;  m.  Hannah  Smith. 
Aaron,  b.  in  1809;  m.  Marie  E.  Delavie. 
Miriam  L.,  b.  in  1811. 
Sarah  H.,  b.  in  1813. 
John  F.,  b.  in  1816;  d.  in  1816. 

1331.  Thomas  Whitney  (Peter,  Josiah,  Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Ashford, 
Tolland  Co.,  Conn.,  Sept.  18,  1770;  m.  Royalton,  \'t.,  Sept.  19,  1799,  Mary  Taina  Jen- 
nings, dau.  of  Capt.  Joseph  and  Mary,  b.  Windham,  Conn.,  Apr.  27,  1777;  d.  May  12, 

He  was  born  in  Tolland,  Conn.,  and  in  1790  moved  to  Tunbridge,  Vt.  Along  in  the 
thirties  with  his  family  he  moved  to  Ohio  and  for  a  number  of  years  lived  near  Dan- 
ville, Knox  Co.  Later  they  lived  with  their  son  John  J.  Whitney,  who  owned  the 
first  farm  of  two  hundred  acres  east  of  Londonville,  on  the  Wooster  and  Ashland 
roads.  In  1856  after  the  sad  death  of  their  son,  they  went  to  live  with  their  daughter 
Emily,  Mrs.  Robert  McMahan,  in  Londonville.  Mrs.  Whitney  died  there  at  the  age 
of  83  years,  and  Mr.  Whitney  died  at  the  home  of  his  son  Dr.  B.  F.  Whitney,  at 
Mansfield,  at  the  advanced  age  of  96  years,  and  both  are  buried  in  the  Londonville 
cemetery.  They  were  considered  very  good  old  people,  were  members  and  founders 
of  the  Londonville  Baptist  church.  He  d.  Aug.  6,  1863;  res.  Tunbridge,  Vt.,  Ran- 
dolph, \'t.,  Mansfield,  O. 

■  Wait,  b.  Oct.  29,  1800;  m.  Barbara  Burkholder. 

Eli,  b.  Aug.  9,  1802.     He  was  a  lawyer,  d.  unm.  at  West  Hart- 
ford, Vt.,  Dec.  30,  1826. 
Daniel,  b.  July  8,  1804;  d.  unm.  at  N.  H.,  Dec.  20,  1829. 
Ebe.n  Jennings,  b.  Dec.  6,  1806;  m.  Sarah  Boardman. 
John  J.,  b.  Nov.  8,  1813;  m.  Matilda  Robeson. 
Benjamin  F.,  b.  Feb.  27,  1815;  m.  Sarah  Renfrew. 
Emily,  b.  Feb.  5,  1810;  m.  Feb.  23,  1839.  Robert  McMahan;  res. 
Portage,  O.     He  was   a   merchant.      Ch.:  Whitney;  res.    Bowl- 
ing Green,  O. 
2942.     viii.     Marcy  Maria,  b.  May  6,  1812;  m.  at  Dansville,'0.,  Sept.  6,  1860, 
Joseph  Sapp,  a  merchant,  who  was  b.  in  Jefferson  Co.,  O.,  and 
died  in  O.;  m.  2d  at  Mansfield,  O.,  May  29,  1863,  Elijah  Bemis, 
who  was  b.  in  Mass.,  but  who  died  in  Lyne,  O.     She  res.  s.  p.  at 
Bowling  Green,  O. 
































1332.  Peter  Whitney  (Peter,  Josiah,  Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Tolland,  Conn., 
Oct.  81,  1776;  m.  Edith  Davis;  m.  2d  Sybil  Ainsworth.  He  was  a  blacksmith.  He 
d.  in  1838;  res.  Hartford,  Vt. 

294.3.  vi.  Sybil,  b.  Hartford,  Vt.;  m. Smith;  res.  So.  Royalton,  Vt. 

2944  i  Erastus   b. . 

2946!  ii.  Paschal'p.,  b.  Dec.  13,  1806;  m.  Malvina  Stillman. 

2946.  iii.  Amanda   Melvina,  b. ;   m.  Sept.  12,  1832,  Calvin  Eaton; 

res.  Concord,  N.  H. 

2947.  iv.       Mary  Maria,  b. ;  m.  1838,  Albert  Langmaid;  res.  Concord, 

N.  H. 

2948.  V.        Jane,  b. . 

2949.  vii.      Horace,  b. .     His  name  was  changed  to  Eaton;  res.  Boston, 


2950.  viii.     George  L.,  b.  Aug.  17,  1825;  m.  Caroline  Jane  Goss. 

1333.  Jonathan  Whitney  (Peter,  Josiah,  Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Tolland, 
Conn.,  Feb.  20,  1766;  m.  at  Randolph,  Vt.,  Dec.  16,  1796,  Eunice  Story;  b.  Nov.  4, 
1779;  dau.  of  Asa  and  Abia;  d.  Sept.  9,  1804;  m.  2d,  Jan.  2, 1806,  at  Hartford,  Vt., 
Dora  Marsh,  b.  Nov.  1768;  d.  Sept.  25, 1806;  m.  3d  at  Stockbridge,  Vt.,  Mar.  17,  1808, 
Zylpha  Holt,  b.  Feb.  2,  1776;  d.  Mar.  8,  1830;  m.  4th,  Dec.  14, 1830,  Mrs.  Betsey  But- 
ton, b.  Sept.  7,  1783;  d.  Oct.  12,  1867. 

Jonathan  Whitney,  the  oldest  son  of  Peter  Whitney,  was  born  in  the  state  of 
Connecticut,  Feb.  20,  1766.  He  came  to  the  state  of  Vermont  about  the  year  1787, 
and  was  employed  as  a  surveyor.  That  season  he  surveyed  and  lotted  the  towns  of 
Chittenden  and  Philadelphia,  on  the  west  side  of  the  Green  mountains,  going  into  the 
wilderness  with  three  men  in  the  month  of  April,  and  remaining  there  until  late  in 
October  of  the  same  year,  not  going  out  to  any  settlement  in  the  time.  His  associates, 
other  than  the  men,  were  the  beasts  of  the  forest,  such  as  panthers,  catamounts, 
bears,  wolves,  moose  and  deer,  which  disputed  his  right  of  way  into  their  domain. 
The  next  season  he  surveyed  other  townships  on  the  east  side  of  the  Green  mount- 
ains, and  on  his  return  to  Connecticut  he  succeeded  in  persuading  his  father  to  make 
a  settlement  in  Vermont,  which  settlement  was  commenced  in  Tunbridge  in  1790,  he 
coming  with  his  father  and  assisting  him  in  building  a  log  house  and  clearing  some 
land,  after  which,  for  18  years,  he  taught  school  in  winter,  and  assisted  his  father  in 
clearing  land  and  carrying  on  his  farm  in  summer.  He  married,  1st,  Eunice  Story, 
of  Randolph,  Vt.,  by  whom  he  had  three  children,  viz.:  Zabad,  Zebinaand  Polly.  He 
rnarried  for  his  2d  wife  Dora  Marsh,  of  Hartford,  who  died  without  issue.  He  mar- 
ried for  his  3d  wife  Zilpha  Holt,  of  Connecticut,  by  whom  he  had  six  children,  three 
of  which  died  in  childhood  and  three  lived  to  mature  age,  viz.:  Laura,  Albert  G.  and 
James  M.  Laura  married  Daniel  Brown,  and  died  at  Bloomingdale,  111.  He  married 
for  his  4th  wife  Betsey  Button,  of  Royalton,  Vt.,  who  died  without  issue.  He  was  a 
self-made  man  in  every  respect.  His  father  being  a  soldier  in  the  Revolution,  the 
care  of  the  family  devolved  upon  him,  therefore,  he  was  deprived  of  any  chance  to 
attend  even  a  district  school,  never  attending  school  but  18  days  in  his  lite.  Through 
his  own  effort  he  acquired  a  good  education,  was  one  of  the  greatest  mathematicians 
of  his  day,  and  a  man  that  was  sought  for  as  authority  on  almost  any  subject.  He 
came  into  possession  of  the  farm  on  which  his  father  settled  and  lived  until  his  death. 
Being  one  of  the  early  settlers  he  had  his  share  of  privations  and  hardships  incident 
to  the  settlement  of  a  new  township.  He  was  a  great  reader,  and  well  posted  in  all 
that  was  transpiring  in  the  whole  country;  was  a  free  mason  in  high  standing  in  the 
•  order,  and  was  one  of  the  founders  of  Whitney  chapter,  which  was  named  for  him. 
He  d.  Apr.  12,  1853;  res.  Tunbridge,  Vt. 

2951.  i.         Zabad,  b.  Dec.  10,  1797;  m.  Sophia  Dewey. 

2952.  ii.        Zebina,  b.  Dec.  9,  1799;  m.  Harriett  Cozzens. 

2963.  iii.  Polly,  b.  Nov.  21,  1801;  m.  at  T.,  Roswell  Dewey,  of  Royalton, 
She  d.  May  28,  1848,  at  Northfield.  He  was  a  singer  and  music 
teacher.  Ch.:  George,  m.  a  Walton,  and  d.  New  York  City; 
Roswell,  res.  unm.  Northfield,  Vt.;  Mary,  m.  a  Pinney. 

2954.  iv.      Roswell,  b.  Oct.  15,  1803;  d.  Sept.  16,  1806. 

2955.  V.        Rebecca,  b.  June  25,  1811;  d.  infancy. 

2956.  vi.       Laura  Fiske,  b.  July  24,  1813;    m.  at  T.,  Daniel  N.  Brown,  of 

Northfield,  Vt.  He  was  a  farmer,  and  res.  in  Bloomingdale,  111. 
Ch.:  Lucy,  m.  Gilbert  Cass.  He  has  been  passenger  conductor 
on  the  railroad  from  Chicago  to  Elgin  for  20  years;  res.  206 









Center  St.,  Elgin;  Lucia,  m,  Henry  L.  Woodworth;  res.  440 
Concord  St.,  Aurora,  111.;  Charles  D.,  res.  291  South  4th  St., 

2957.  vii.       Albert  Galatin,  b.  July  27,  1817;  m.  in  Northfield,  Vt.,  May  19, 

1844,  Adaline  Leonard,  d.  Aug.  19,  1859;  m.  2d  at  Worcester, 
Vt.,  Oct.  24, 1866,  Wealthy  Connor,  b.  July  8,  1841 ;  d.  July  8, 1872. 
He  res.  s.  p.  on  a  farni  in  Bethel,  Vt. 

2958.  viii.     James  Monroe,  b.  Nov.  4,  1821;  m.  Eliza  Cozzens. 

2959.  ix.        RoswELL,  b.  Oct.  1815;  d.  young. 

1345.  JosiAH  Whitney  (Josiah,  Josiah.Josiah,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  May  1,  1791; 
m.  May  28,  1818,  Almira  Ellsworth,  b.  June  7,  1803;  d.  Jan.  14.  1884. 

Josiah  Whitney,  was  born  in  East  Granville,  Mass.  He  spent  18  months  in  the 
army  during  the  1812  war.  Went  to  Ohio  1815  m  which  state  he  remained  until  his 
■death.     He  d.  Oct.  7,  1869:  res.  Rootstown,  O. 

2960.  i.  Flavel  J.,  b.  May,  31,  1819;  m.  June  7,  1847,  Louisa  Norton;  res. 
Rootstown.     He  d.  Feb.  8,  1882,  at  Buffalo  Prairie,  111. 

Lucius  E.,  b.  Dec.  21,  1822;  m.  Dec.  31,  1848,  Lucretia  R.  Eatin- 

ger;  res.  R.     He  d.  Dec.  4  1890. 
Charles  M.,  b.  Dec.  31,  1835;  m.  Oct.  11,  1866,  Henrietta S.Dem- 

ing;  was  in  the  war  in  the  104th  Ohio  Regt.  in  Co.  I. 
Mary  Dolly,  b.  Oct.  28,  1840;  teacher;  res.  Rootstown,  O. 
Artemitia  a.,  b.  Apr.  14. 1828;  m.  Oct.  17,  1853,  Edward  L.  Clark; 

res.  Leeds,  Mass. 

2965.  vi.       Jonas   E.,  b.   Rootstown,  [O.,   Oct.  28,  1825;  d.   Helena,  Ark.,  of 

disease  contracted  while  in  the  civil  war  in  Co.  B,  126th  Illinois 
Vols.,  Aug.  20,  1863. 

2966.  vii.       Albert  R.,  b.  Jan.  26,  1821;  m.  Betsey  Case  and  Lydia  Hogan. 

1347.  David  Whitney  (Benjamin,  Joseph,  Joseph,  Jonathan,  John),  b.  Pepper- 
cll,  Mass.,  Feb.  11,  1766;  m.  at  West  Randolph,  Vt.,  Nov.  21,  1793,  Susanna  Hunting- 
ton, b.  July  28,  1766.     He  d.  1850;  res.  Tunbridge,  Vt. 

2967.  i.  Benjamin,  b.  Feb.  18,  1796;  m.  Sibbel  Parker  and  Mrs.  Elizabeth 
Hall  Whitney. 

David,  b.  Dec.  15,  1795;  m.  Lvdia  Parker. 

Daniel,  b.  Oct.  28,  1809;  m.  Julia  Hall. 

Ann,  b. ;  m.  at  T.,  Mar.  15,  1830,  Azro  Burton  Curtis;  res. 

Fort  Atkinson,  Wis.;  son,  David  W.;  res.  F.  A. 
Betsey,  b. ;  m.   Mar.  7,  1839,  John  Whitney,  of  Chelsea; 

a  dau.  m.  Comfort  Barnes. 
Cyrus,  b.  Dec.  21,  1802;  m.  Bet